Tragedy: Another Nigerian pilgrim dies in Saudi Arabia

2018 Hajj: First batch of 440 Sokoto pilgrims depart to Saudi Arabia
United Bank for Africa

The Nigerian pilgrimage mission in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday recorded double tragedy following the death of two pilgrims.

A pilgrim from Niger had earlier, in the morning, died in an elevator pit after stepping on the platform without knowing it was under repair.

NAHCON medical officials said the tragedy was being studied by reviewing a CCTV footage of the incident.

Later in the day, the Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board announced the loss of another pilgrim (name withheld), from Lere Local Government Area.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the board, Yunusa Abdullahi, said the pilgrim died at a Hospital in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, after a protracted illness.

Our correspondent reports that eight Nigerian pilgrims have died since the beginning of the Hajj this year.