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Hajj Stampede: Death Toll of Nigerians Rises to 20

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The death toll of Nigerian victims of the hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia has risen to 20.

You will recall that at first, it was reported that there were 3 confirmed deaths, and some other news sources said it was 6 casualties.

It is feared that the death toll will rise above 20, as states are still searching for their missing pilgrims, Vanguard reports. So far, Taraba, Sokoto and Gombe states have announced the loss of some pilgrims from their states.

Reports further state:

Two justices of the Court of Appeal, Justice Abubakar Abdulkadir Jega, brother of former INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, and Justice Musa Hassan Alkali, and front line journalist and columnist, Hajiya Bilikisu Yusuf, among others have been confirmed dead.

The Amirul Hajj of Taraba State, Alhaji Abbas Ibrahim, and two of his wives are also among the dead.

Sokoto State lost nine pilgrims in the stampede. Also, a staff of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, (name withheld), also died in the crush.

4 Comments

  1. kay oke

    September 28, 2015 at 8:02 am

    may their souls rest i peace

  2. west

    September 28, 2015 at 10:43 am

    This is really sad and disturbing!! If it is true that the stampede that led to the loss of many lives occurred as a result of a Saudi Prince who drove his convoy through the crowd and later blamed African pilgrims for the ugly incident. This shows that this Saudi ruling family does not have respect for human lives. It is unfortunate that next year another set of our people will pack their bags with their families and head to the same so called holy land where they have no respect for their lives to perform pilgrims whereas God is at the corner of their bedroom.

    • Mabel

      September 28, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      Yep! That was the sad part that the Saudis lack of proper management caused these unnecessary deaths and Africans were the go to blame for the massacre, until footage and the truth came out. Even in religious/spiritual things lies are told. Imagine at the holiest time of these ppl’s calendar and they still tell vicious lies on innocent ppl. I would never trust those ppl with my life or my safety if they could lie on blacks at the drop of a hat during their holiest period, what will they not do to you on the average day?

  3. Joy

    September 28, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Very sad If they had known……….

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