The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Abdullahi Mukhtarhas announced the death of two more Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, bringing the number of deaths to seven – out of the 81,200 Nigerian pilgrims presenting observing the Hajj.
Mukhtar said, “We have recorded two additional deaths, bringing the number to seven and this is lower than in previous years at this time.”
It was previously reported that four out of the 81,200 Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, were reportedly died.
The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Mohammed, announced the passage of the pilgrims on Tuesday in Makkah at the 2017 pre-Arafat meeting with Hajj stakeholders, Premium Times reports.
Mr. Mohammed declined to disclose the identities of the late pilgrims as well as the circumstances that led to their death.
The NAHCON chair pleaded with the media to withhold the details so as not to further devastate the families of the affected pilgrims.