By Joy Abel
Days after the completion of this years’ hajj, the Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board says it is still searching for the whereabouts of five of its pilgrims.
Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Aliyu Suleman, who disclosed this while answering questions from newsmen in Bauchi, said officials of the board have visited hospitals in Mina and Mecca to search for the missing pilgrims in mortuaries and hospital beds.
He said: ” Only one pilgrim from Darazo local government area, one Alhaji Sule Ibrahim has been confirmed death in the Mina stampede from the state. All the state pilgrims are now in Mecca while those who sustained injuries have been taken to the hospital and have since been discharged.”
Suleiman used the medium to call on the people of the state particularly whose relatives are currently in Saudi Arabia for this years’ pilgrimage to refrain from unconfirmed reports on the number of casualties from the state in the stampede.
He assured that as soon as investigation on the missing pilgrims is completed, it will be made known to the public.
It could be recalled that over 760 pilgrims from different countries of the worl, have died as a result of the incident.
Bauchi has 2,842 pilgrims from the state among the over 2 million Muslims who performed this years’ hajj in Saudi Arabia.