Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano
Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board has announced that two of its pilgrims lost their lives during the 2016 Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia.
Spokesman of the board, Mr. Badamasi Nuhu, who confirmed this to reporters on phone from Saudi Arabia yesterday, said the deceased, who were males, died after a brief illness in Mina and Mecca respectively.
Nuhu said one of the deceased came from Kano Municipal while the other pilgrim was from Gaya local government area of the state. He said the deceased had since been buried in accordance with the Islamic rites in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
The spokesman said the board had concluded arrangements for the commencement of the return airlift of its pilgrims scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday next week.
“We have completed the necessary preparation for the commencement of the airlift of our pilgrims back home. The return airlift is expected to begin hopefully on Wednesday or Thursday next week according to the flight schedule”, he said.