Zamfara loses five pilgrims in Saudi Arabia – Punch Newspapers

Friday, November 30, 2018

Zamfara State Hajj Commission on Wednesday said it lost five of its pilgrims during the 2018 Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia.

The Commission’s chairman, Alhaji Abubukar S-Pawa made this known while speaking to newsmen on the 2018 hajj in Gusau.

According to S-Pawa, among the deceased were three All Progressives Congress chairmen of Maru, Kaura-Namoda and Shinkafi Local Government Areas.

He said the three chairmen lost their lives in a motor accident on their way to Medina from Makkah and two other persons.

He said the two other deceased persons were Ayuba Azare and Fadimatu Sani Makaranta from Gusau Local Government who died after falling ill.

He described the deaths as unfortunate.

“We experienced delay while transporting our pilgrims to Saudi Arabia which was caused by the delay in full payment of the fare by the pilgrims.

“Despite those challenges, we recorded tremendous successes”.

“Our pilgrims performed the exercise in good health condition apart from those five deceased persons, all the 2,168 pilgrims from Zamfara returned home safely.

“We recorded various successes, especially in the areas of accommodation, transportation and the general welfare of our pilgrims”, he said.

“On behalf of Governor Abdul’aziz Yari and Zamfara State Government, I commend our pilgrims for exhibiting maturity and good conducts during the exercise.

“We also appreciate the efforts of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria led by Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar, staff of the Commission, Amirul Hajj and his team and all other stakeholders who contributed to the successes recorded”, he said.