7 September 2017
By Chidiebere Ejike
Two Nigerian pilgrims from Kano State have died during the 2017 Hajj in Saudi Arabia, the State Pilgrims Welfare Board said on Thursday, September 7, 2017.
The Public Relations Officer of the Board, Alhaji Nuhu Badamasi, announced their deaths saying that the deceased who were males died in Makkah after performing their Hajj rites at the Ararat.
Badamasi, as reported by Punch, said, “The two pilgrims who lost their lives during this year’s Hajj died in Makkah after they performed the most significant Hajj rites, that is staying at the Ararat.”
Badamasi added that the deceased were from Dala and Doguwa Local Government Areas of Kano State and have since been buried in Makkah in accordance with Islamic rites.
According to Badamasi, preparation for the transportation of the pilgrims back to Nigeria would commence on September 15.
He noted that most of the pilgrims had visited Madinah while the few that had not were now preparing to go from Makkah.
“Almost all our pilgrims have visited Madinah with the exception of about 15 offiicials who are now preparing to visit the Holy city from where they will be transported back home,” he said.