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4 Nigerian Pilgrims Die Since Commencement of Hajj – NAHCON

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. More than 1 million pilgrims have already arrived for the annual hajj pilgrimage, which is required of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able to make it. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) said on Tuesday that four Nigerian pilgrims have died since the commencement of the 2017 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
Chairman/CEO of the Commission, Barr. Abdullahi Mukhtar Mohammed disclosed this on Tuesday.
He spoke at the pre-Arafat meeting of stakeholders in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
While regretting the demise of the affected pilgrims, he however said the Commission was going to make the names of the victims public after reaching out to the families of the deceased.
Corroborating the NAHCON boss, Dr. Ibrahim Kana, Chairman, Medical Matters said the identities of the victims were being kept under wraps.
He however disclosed that one of the deceased hails from Kwara State just as he noted that the death rate for this year’s hajj is the lowest in recent times.
Dr. Kana further revealed that there was a delivery by a pilgrim from Kwara State while there was one miscarriage.
Meanwhile, the NAHCON boss has hinted that Nigerians who want to renew their pilgrimage henceforth are expected to pay additional 2,000 riyals, a levy, he said was imposed by the Saudi Arabia authorities.
According to him, this new levy becomes necessary in view of some of the reforms introduced by the Saudi government.
He spoke just as he urged the tour operators to prepare the pilgrims for onward movement to Minna for the commencement of the hajj rites Wednesday.
Speaking earlier, the Charge’d Affairs, Nigerian Embassy, Riyadh, Ambassador Salisu Umar impressed on tour operators the need to be alive to their responsibilities to the pilgrims. This, he said, is germane to the successful implementation of the 2017 hajj operations.

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