At least three Nigeria pilgrims died and others sustained varying degrees of injuries yesterday morning in a ghastly road crash in Saudi Arabia.
The accident, which occurred along Makkah highway, about 120 kilometres to Medina, involved government-sponsored pilgrims from Zamfara State.
Although the actual cause of the accident was yet to be ascertained, the pilgrims were said to be on their way to Medina after a successful pilgrimage.
The National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) confirmed the development to journalists in Makkah, yesterday.
According to NAHCON Commissioner in-charge of Health Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar Kana: “The Saudi security in Madinah called to inform the Nigeria Hajj handlers about the accident. The victims and the other three survivors of the accident are all from Zamfara State.”
Kana said already, a medical team has been sent on the instruction of the Chairman of the Commission, Alhaji Abdullah Mukhtar Muhammad, to liaise with the NAHCON Madinah Coordinator, Alhaji Ahmad Maigari, to link up with the Saudi security and health authorities for necessary documentation and final burial arrangement.
The deceases are Shinkafi Mudi Mallamawa, All Progressive Congress (APC) Chairman in Shinkafi Council, and his Kaura and Maru counterparts, Abdullahi Jafaru Gidan Sambo and Abdullahi Shugaba, respectively.
This brings the number of Nigerian pilgrims who died in the holy land this year to 10.