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Lagos APC chieftain Ramota Bankole dies after Hajj in Saudi Arabia

Ramota Bankole

Ramota Bankole

By Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja

Alhaja Ramota Bankole, one of the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in Lagos has died in Saudi Arabia after performing the Hajj rites.

Bankole was said to be among the pilgrims who died as a result of excessive heat recorded Makkah during the 2024 Hajj.

She was from Epe part of the state and a former welfare secretary of Lagos APC.

Ramota Bankole’s death was confirmed on Thursday by the council chairmen of Epe Local Governments, Eredo and Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

According to them, the death of the Lagos APC chieftain, who celebrated her 60th birthday last month was a rude shock.

The Chairman Epe Local Government, Surah Animashaun, in a statement, noted that Bankole was hale and hearty before leaving the country for pilgrimage.

According to the statement, “It’s with a heavy heart, and a deep sense of grief that I received the news of the death of Alhaja Ramota Bankole.

“It is a sad day indeed as I received the news that she died in the holy land of Mecca while on holy pilgrim.

“I extend my condolences to the Bankole family, APC members and the entire people of Epe on the unfortunate demise of our dear Sister and Mummy”.

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A report by AFP on Wednesday indicated that at least 550 pilgrims from Islamic countries died due to the extreme heat during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

The reports noted that 323 of the total number of dead were Egyptian citizens.

The air temperature in Mecca during the Hajj this year reaches almost 52 degrees Celsius.

However, another report by NewsNow indicated that more than 1,400 people are missing or presumed dead in this year’s annual Hajj due to the intense heat.

On June 16, Reuters reported that 14 pilgrims from Jordan were killed and 17 others went missing in Saudi Arabia.

Deaths are often caused by extreme heat or overcrowding.

There are more than 1.8 million pilgrims in Mecca, according to the aforesaid news agency.

Also, on Tuesday, the head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, Pir Hossein Kolivand, announced the death of at least 11 pilgrims from Iran.

Also, the various Pilgirms Board in Nigeria had at various times announced the death of Nigerian pilgrims during the just concluded Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

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