Mecca Crane Crash: Izala Group Commends Saudi For Compensating Victims

Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III
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From Tom Garba, Yola
As the Muslim world continued to mourn victims of the recent crane crash at in Mecca, Nigeria’s Islamic group,Jama’atu Izalatul Bid’ah WaIqamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS), has commended the efforts of King Salman of Saudi Arabia for taking prompt steps towards compensating the families of the victims.
The Saudi government has announced it will pay 300,000 riyals to the family of each pilgrim who died after a construction crane toppled over last Friday during a violent rainstorm in the city of Mecca.
According to the announcement, all funeral expenses of the 108 pilgrims who died as well as the treatment expenses of the more than 250 others who were injured in the accident will be borne by the Saudi government.
Reacting through a statement, National Chairman, JIBWIS, Sheikh Abdullahi Bala Lau, commended the Saudi authorities for the prompt steps: “These are commendable steps, which include the compensation fee of 1 million Saudi Riyals (N60 million) for the families of the victims who either lost their lives or sustained injuries, while 500Million Riyals (equivalent to N30 million) will be given to the victims who sustained partial injuries.”
Shiekh Lau noted that “this kind gesture by the Saudi authorities under King Salman is worthy of commendation and emulation as it advocates Justice and fairness to victims. We hope other countries will emulate this kind of timely intervention.”
The group also offered special prayers to the departed souls and fast recovery to the hospitalized, saying: “We also prayed that Almighty Allah will protect the entire pilgrims to perform sound hajj and return home safely.”

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