Two other prominent Nigerians were yesterday confirmed to be among several others who lost their lives in last Thursday’s stampede in Muna, near Makkah, while the pilgrims were on their way to Jamarat to perform the symbolic stoning of the devil.
The two Nigerians are: Justice Abubakar Abdulkadir Jega, an Appeal Court justice and Emir of Zing in Taraba State, Alhaji Abbas Sambo.
Jega, who is a member of the Kebbi State’s delegation to this year’s hajj, is a brother to the immediate past chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega. His death was confirmed to Sunday Sun by a close family friend, yesterday evening.
It has been reported that no fewer than 105 pilgrims from Nigeria have been declared missing.
The 105 pilgrims who could not be accounted for are 100 from Sokoto, and five from Gombe states. However, nine people have been confirmed dead from Sokoto State. Source: Sunday Sun
The Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency has said that Sheikh Liman Dan-Ata, the Chief Imam of the Sultan Abubakar III Jumaa’at Mosque, Sokoto, is among those killed in the stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, thus increasing its death toll to 10.
The Media Assistant to the agency, Alhaji Farouk Umar, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday