Last Hajj stampede survivor returns

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has confirmed the return of the last Nigerian pilgrim, Hajiya Fatima Isa, who survived last year’s hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia.


This is contained in a statement in Abuja by the commission’s Head, Media and Publicity, Alhaji Uba Mana.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that the stampede occurred during hajj rites in Mina last September.


According to the statement, the pilgrim was admitted in East Jeddah Hospital.

“The pilgrim arrived at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) on January 22, on board a Med-View Airline Flight VL0202, accompanied by workers of the Nigerian Consulate in Jeddah.”

The statement said she was received by NAHCON officials and the leadership of the Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency (SSPWA).

It added that the pilgrim, who was hale and hearty, was taken to Sokoto State.

The statement said NAHCON hailed the Saudi Arabia authorities and Nigeria’s foreign missions in the country for taking care of the pilgrim throughout her stay in hospital.

It said the commission also praised the Sokoto State government for its support.

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