2015 hajj stampede survivor returns to Nigeria

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Saudi emergency personnel and Hajj pilgrims stand near bodies covered in sheets where at least 450 were killed and hundreds wounded in a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, at the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015 (AFP Photo/)

Saudi emergency personnel and Hajj pilgrims stand near bodies covered in sheets where at least 450 were killed and hundreds wounded in a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, at the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015 (AFP Photo/)
Saudi emergency personnel and Hajj pilgrims stand near bodies covered in sheets where at least 450 were killed and hundreds wounded in a stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, at the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2015 (AFP Photo/)

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has confirmed the return of the last Nigerian pilgrim, Hajiya Fatima Isa, who survived the 2015 Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia.

This was contained in a statement in Abuja, signed by the Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Alhaji Uba Mana.

NAN recalled that the stampede occurred during Hajj rites in Mina in September 2015.

According to the statement, the pilgrim was admitted in East Jeddah Hospital.

“The pilgrim arrived at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) on Friday January 22, 2016, on board a Med-View Airline Flight VL0202, accompanied by staff of the Nigerian Consulate in Jeddah.

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The statement said that she was received on arrival by staff of the NAHCON and leadership of the Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency (SSPWA).

It added that the pilgrim, who appeared hale and hearty, had since been conveyed to Sokoto State.

The statement said that NAHCON commended the Saudi Arabian authorities and Nigeria’s Foreign Missions in Saudi Arabia for taking care of the pilgrim throughout her stay in the hospital.

It said that the commission also applauded the Sokoto State Government for its support.