Sokoto Chief Imam Dies In Mecca Stampede

The Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency has said that the Chief Imam of the Sultan Abubakar III Jumaa’at Mosque in Sokoto, Liman Dan-Ata, died in the stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia.

Farouk Umar, the media assistant to the agency, confirmed the death of the religious leader in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, September 27.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Imam Imam, the spokesperson to Governor Aminu Tambuwal, confirmed the killing of nine other pilgrims from the state in the Mecca stampede.

The agency has also confirmed the killing of Bello Gidan-Hamma, the immediate caretaker chairman of Illela local government area of the state, his mother, step-mother and two wives in the stampede.

Meanwhile, several other pilgrims from the state has been declared missing.

It had been earlier reported that Taraba Amirul Hajj for the 2015 pilgrimage, Alhaji Abbas Ibrahim, the First Class ruler of Zing, also died in the tragedy.

The Taraba State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board revealed that the body of the late traditional ruler had been recovered and buried in Makkah on Friday, September 25.

Meanwhile, Muhammadu Buhari extended condolences to the families of over 700 pilgrims who lost their lives in a horrible disaster.

The president called on the government of Saudi Arabia to investigate the catastrophe and urges King Salman to ensure a comprehensive and thorough exercise that would identify any flaws in Hajj organisation with a view to avoiding a recurrence of such tragedies during the annual pilgrimage.