Hajj Stampede: Nigeria’s Death Toll Now 145 – NAHCON

Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III
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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said that 145 pilgrims died in the September 24 stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia with 35 injured.
It also said a total of 345 Nigerians were affected in the stampede and that 165 are still missing.
Commissioner, Planning, Research Statistic Information and Library Service (PRSILS) of the commission, Dr. Saleh Okenwa, told reporters on Sunday in Makkah that seven Nigerians remained admitted in hospital and were responding to treatment.
Okenwa spoke at a joint media briefing to evaluate 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.
Also, Commissioner of Operations, NAHCON, Alhaji Ibrahim Modibbo Saleh, said 29 of the 145 deaths were from the tour operators, adding that 19 were males and 10 were females.
Saleh said one person was injured and 21 of the missing 165 were also from the tour operators.

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