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22 Nigerians Died In Saudi Arabia

Muslim pilgrims circle Islam's holiest shrine, the Kaaba, at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca, on September 6, 2016. The annual Hajj pilgrimage begins on September 10, and more than a million Muslims have already flocked to Saudi Arabia in preparation for what will for many be the highlight of their spiritual lives. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

21 Nigerians have so far died while performing this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia, Head of the medical team of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON, Dr. Ibrahim Kana, has said.

He spoke on Thursday at a meeting between Nigerian Hajj officials and their Bangladeshi counterparts in Makkah.

Dr Kana while comparing the death rate to previous year’s, said it had dropped significantly after  numerous measures were put in place by the commission.

“The measures include locating medical facilities ‎not more than five minutes walk from the pilgrims and ensuring that pregnant women were not allowed to perform hajj exercise,” he said.

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He said two medical facilities were provided in Madinah, while seven were in Makkah to cater for  Nigerian pilgrims.

The Saudi Arabian authorities according to News24 arrested three pilgrims from Kwara for alleged possession of substance suspected to be cocaine.

Hajia Fatima Abolore-Jimoh, the Executive Secretary, Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, confirmed the arrest on Wednesday from Saudi Arabia in a telephone interview.

She said the three pilgrims, who were among the first batch of 505 Pilgrims from Kwara, were arrested in Madinnah by Saudi Arabia security operatives.

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