The number of Nigerian pilgrims who lost their lives during the Sept. 24 stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, has risen to 168 the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), said on Tuesday. THE SUMMARY recalls that over 700 pilgrims died and 1,000 injured during the stampede on one of the roads leading to the Jamarat Complex (stone throwing site) in Mina.
According to Uba Mana, the Director, Public Affairs of the commission, who spoke to journalsits in Mecca, the number of Nigerians who died went up following ongoing analysis on the corpses by the Saudi Government. The number of pilgrims earlier declared missing, Mana, said had reduced from 165 to 144 due to the discovery of more bodies. On the ongoing airlift of pilgrims back to Nigeria, Mana said 47,128 pilgrims were transported back to their respective states in 123 flights.