Hajj 2016: Sokoto State loses 3 pilgrims



FILE PHOTO: Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

The Director-General, Sokoto State Pilgrims’ Welfare Agency (PWA), Alhaji Ibrahim Umar,said the state had lost three pilgrims during the just concluded Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Umar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Friday that the pilgrims lost their lives in Mecca,after successfully completing the pilgrimage.

He said the deceased comprised two females from Goronyo and Bodinga local government areas and a male from Sokoto North Local Government Area.

“All of them had been buried according to Islamic rites in Mecca, while their families were duly informed about their demise.

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“Another male pilgrim from Sokoto North Local Government is currently receiving medical attention at a Mecca hospital.

“He will be transported back to Nigeria through the Aminu Kano International Airport by the Saudi authorities when he gets well,” Umar said.

The director-general further said that the nineth and last flight of 532 pilgrims from the state arrived Sokoto Airport at 2 a.m. on Friday.

He said with the arrival of the last flight, 4,746 pilgrims from the state, who performed the Hajj, had successfully been transported back home.