The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) disclosed yesterday that Nigeria’s death toll in the September 24 Hajj stampede has risen to 99, with Forty-twoinjured, and 214 declaredmissing.
Dr Saleh Okenwa, the Commissioner for Planning, Research Statistic Information and Library Service (PRSILS), at a briefing in Makkah, said 355 victims from Nigeria were involved in the stampede.
According to DrOkenwa: “We recorded 73 deaths from the state pilgrim welfare boards, agencies and commissions, while the remaining 26 were from the tour operators”.
“Those injured were 42, including 41 from the state pilgrims and one from tour operators. The numbers of missing pilgrims from the states were 96 males, 94 females and four males who were officials, totalling 194, while 10 males and 10 females were missing from the tour operators”.
“Among those injured; only seven remain in the hospitals on admission and receiving treatment whileothers have been discharged”.
In response to the question on the missing persons, he said: “In the early days people expressed hope but the hope is waning. We cannot declare those missing as dead since there is no evidence to state that”.
“The identification of those affected is still being collated by the Saudi Arabia health authorities in conjunction with Nigerian and other health officials.”