Dead Nigerian pilgrims in Mecca stampede sadly rises to 145 and 165 missing!

Dead Nigerian pilgrims in Mecca stampede sadly rises to 145 and 165 missing!

This is the saddest news of the year surely,all those people,both Nigerians and none Nigerians who had left their families to worship and make the holy pilgrimage of a lifetime to the holy land Mecca, dying in such terrible conditions.And there are still so many people missing,really breaks my heart.
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Sunday, October 12, confirmed that dead Nigerian pilgrims in the September 24 Mecca stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia has risen to 145 with 35 injured and 165 still missing. Over 1,400 people over all have died.
Dr. Saleh Okenwa, the Commissioner, Planning, Research Statistic Information and Library Service (PRSILS) of the commission made this known while speaking with reporters in Makkah at a joint press conference to evaluate the operational activities of the Hajj exercise

...and the update on the stampede with the Chargé d’Affaires, Nigerian Embassy in Riyadh, Ambassador Tijjani Hammanjoda and the Nigerian Consul-General to Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Ahmed Umar. 
He said that of the 42 Nigerians pilgrims injured, seven remained admitted in hospital and were responding to treatment. Following the discovery of more bodies of the dead pilgrims, the number of those earlier pilgrims declared missing had reduced from 214 to 165, Okenwa added.

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Dead Nigerian pilgrims numbers at Mecca stampede 2015 rises.
The Commissioner of Operations of the commission, Alhaji Ibrahim Modibbo Saleh, said 29 of the 145 dead Nigerian pilgrims were from the tour operators,19 males and 10 females. Of the 76,000 Nigerians who performed the pilgrimage, 40,850 has been transported back to Nigeria.
While fielding questions from newsmen, the Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar, said that the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia would continue to monitor the seven injured pilgrims still on admission at various Saudi hospitals even after the Hajj operation.

     "We have consistently been monitoring them; the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia will continue to monitor them after the hajj operation until they are discharged," he said.

The chairman also debunked the rumour going around in Nigeria that the deceased were buried en masse. He said that the Saudi authorities took finger prints of the deceased and that DNA tests would be conducted on mutilated bodies to ascertain whether those declared missing were dead or alive.
     "Blood samples of the deceased pilgrims already in Saudi Arabia were taken while that of those who do not have immediate members of their families here will be taken in Nigeria and transported to Mecca for the test," he stated.
- (NAN)
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