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Global - September 18, 2019

Lagos commiserates with deceased pilgrims’ families


  • Payment of N100,000 refund begins


A Special delegation from the Lagos State Ministry of Home Affairs has paid a condolence visit to the Mafoluku-Oshodi and Lekki family houses of the two pilgrims who lost their lives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia while performing the Hajj.

Alhaja Mulikat Shade Lawal and Alhaji Muhammad Siraj Kayode Mars Molake died during the pilgrimage.

Commiserating with the families on behalf of the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, the Chairman 2019 Hajj Ad-hoc committee, Alhaji Ahmed Jebe-Abdullahi, urged them to accept the death of their beloved ones as an act of God.

Jebe-Abdullahi stressed that doctors in the Lagos State medical team and their Saudi Arabia counterparts did their best to save the lives of the pilgrims but could not because Allah has ordained that their time was up.

He prayed that Allah grants the families the fortitude to bear the loss and forgive the dead of their sins.

After presenting a condolence letter to the families, Alhaji Jebe-Abdullahi promised that the death certificates and International Passports of the deceased would be presented as soon as they are retrieved from officials of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON).

The luggage and other personal belongings of the deceased were formally presented to their families.

On the entourage were the Board Secretary, Mr Rahman Ishola; Head of Operations, Alhaji Soliu Olohungbebe and other officials of the board.

The state government has also commenced payment of N100,000 to all the pilgrims that performed this year’s hajj.

Amirul Hajj Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef had urged the pilgrims in Saudi Arabia to drop their account number with the board.

The Secretary, Mr. Rahman Ishola, said the accounts department has started the disbursement through the bank account of all the pilgrims and confirmed that he has been receiving appreciable feedback from those who have received alert from their banks so far.



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