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7 Nigerians die during Hajj, many others faint while stoning the devil

  • The number of Nigerians who have died during the 2017 Hajj has risen to seven
  • Many also reportedly fainted during the customary stoning of the devil
  • Several of the Nigerian pilgrims are currently receiving treatment at the General Hospital
Five Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s Hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, died. This was disclosed by the chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Mohammed in Islam’s holiest city.
According to the report, he made the disclosure at the 2017 pre-Arafat meeting with Hajj stakeholders. He was however silent on the identities of the late pilgrims as well as the circumstances that led to their death. A latest update shows that the number of Nigerians who died during Hajj rites in Saudi Arabia has risen to seven.
The chairman of NAHCON confirmed this on Saturday, September 2. Meanwhile, some Nigerian pilgrims were receiving treatment at the General Hospital close to Jamarat. According to Vanguard, they were said to have fainted during Friday’s walk to Jamarat for the throwing of pebbles at the devil. Meanwhile, a civil society group, Independent Hajj Reporters has urged NAHCON to sanction service providers and tour operators who delivered poor services to Nigerian pilgrims in Muna and Arafat. This is coming on the heels of complaints by several Nigerian pilgrims to Hajj about the conduct of the service providers and tour operators.
The group stated that there are complains of non- provision of some essential services like meals, transportation of pilgrims, non-allocation of tents.

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