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Hajj Stampede:  244 Nigerians still missing, 64 confirmed dead
Hajj Stampede: Many Nigerians still missing

Hajj Stampede:  244 Nigerians still missing, 64 confirmed dead

Almost one week after the Hajj Stampede that occurred in Mina Saudi Arabia, it has now been revealed that 244 Nigerians are still missing while 64 have been confirmed dead.

Head, Public Relations at the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Mallam Uba Mana revealed yesterday that the commission is doing all within its power to locate the whereabouts of those still missing.
“This briefing is just to give you an update of the situation of things as regard those that died, injured and those still missing after the stampede . We have 64 Nigerians dead from the stampede, 71 injured and 244 still missing.
“Out of those that died, 48 are from States Pilgrims Welfare Board, 12 from tour operators. Those that are missing are from states pilgrims board and 18 from tour operators.We have set up various committees to track those missing and we are not limiting the search to Makkah,Mina or Medina but the whole of Saudi Arabia as helicopters were used to airlift victims to the nearest hospitals with several hospitals used,” he said.
Mallam Mana said the missing pilgrims are from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Ekiti, FCT, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi and Kwara states.
Others are Nasarawa, Niger, Ondo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara states.
He said that some of the dead pilgrims have been buried in Makkah but added that if the family of any of the victims intends to have the body of their loved ones sent back to Nigeria, it would be at the expense of the family.
“The commission will do all that is humanly possible to assist families of the dead get a befitting burial for their loved ones but if they intend to have the body sent home, I don’t think the Saudi authority will pick the bills,” he said.
He said the commission won’t also rush to declare the missing pilgrims dead as several committees have been constituted to search for them by combing the whole of Saudi Arabia.

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