280 Nigerians died from the crane incident at the Grand Mosque in Makkah on September 11 and the stampede in Mina on September 24, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NHCN) said yesterday. According to the commission's Chairman, Abdullahi Mohammed, 43 other Nigerians are still missing. Mohammed disclosed this while submitting the report on the 2015 Hajj to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, in Abuja. Mohammed condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, families of victims and Nigerians on the loss of lives.
According to a statement by Bolaji Adebiyi, the Director (Press) in the Office of the SGF, 75,081 Nigerian Pilgrims participated in the Hajj exercise. The SGF while receiving the report, lauded the commission’s chairman and its board for their exemplary performance in Saudi Arabia, especially during the tragedies that occurred.