[Breaking] Hajj 2023: Another Plateau pilgrim confirmed dead, as first 523 return to Nigeria

Another Nigerian hajj pilgrim from Plateau state, Hassan Musa, has been confirmed dead by the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Executive Secretary (ES), Barr. Auwal Abdullahi.

This was contained in an exclusive statement, via WhatsApp, sent to Blueprint online, in the early hours of Saturday July 8, 2023, by the ES.

“From Allah we are and unto Him we shall all return. We lost yet another pilgrim, Hassan Musa. He died yesterday Friday 07/07/2023, in Makkah,” he said.

According to him, the deceased had been buried in accordance with Islamic funeral rites.

In a related development, the ES said the first batch of the state contingents, numbering 523 are due to arrive Nigeria via the Sir, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport Bauchi, early Saturday.

“In another development our first flight with 523 Pilgrims, is scheduled for flight back to Nigeria early Saturday 08/07/23 and the second flight with 298 pilgrims will follow immediately, as shown in the schedule of the flight in sha Allah,” he said.

The ES said the final flight for Plateau state which will be a combine flight with Benue state is expected to be either Sunday or early Monday.

Plateau State has a total of 5,499 contingents, to the 2023 hajj pilgrim, out of which one died early on arrival in Saudi Arabia.

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