The Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare
Agency has confirmed the killing
of the immediate Caretaker
Chairman of Illela Local
Government Area of the state,
Alhaji Bello Gidan-Hamma, his
mother, stepmother and two
wives in the stampede in Mina,
Saudi Arabia.

The agency also confirmed that
the Chief Imam of the Sultan
Abubakar III Jumaa’at Mosque,
Sokoto, Sheikh Liman Dan-Ata,
was among those killed in the
stampede.

The Media Assistant to the
agency, Alhaji Farouk Umar,
made this known in an interview
with the News Agency of Nigeria
on Sunday.

NAN recalls that the state
government had in a statement
issued on Saturday by Governor
Aminu Tambuwal’s
spokesperson, Imam Imam,
confirmed the killing of nine
other pilgrims from the state in
the Mina stampede.
At of the time of writing this
report, several pilgrims from the
state had been declared missing.

Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto,
Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll-led
Jama’atu Nasril Islam on Sunday
urged the Saudi Arabian
authorities to probe the
stampede.

“This is one tragedy too many,”
the JNI in a statement by its
Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid
Abubakar-Aliyu, in Kaduna, on
Sunday, said.

This is just as a fiery Islamic cleric
and leader of the Shiite
Movement in Nigeria, Shiekh
Ibaheem El-Zakzaky, blamed the
tragedy on a Saudi prince whose
convoy allegedly caused the
stampede.

He said the prince and others
fingered in the tragedy should be
sentenced to death.

While commiserating with the
families of the victims of the
tragedy, the JNI urged the Muslim
Ummah (community) not to be
deterred but to remain steadfast
in the current challenges
confronting them.
The religious body noted that it
was gratifying that the Saudi
authorities were doing all they
could to make the Hajj operation
smooth, but added that
investigation into what led to the
tragedy was necessary.

According to the JNI, an
investigation into the stampede
became imperative in order to
guard against future occurrence.

The JNI said, “With humility and
total submission to Allah the
exalted, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam,
under the leadership of His
Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad
Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto,
and the President-General,
condoles with with the Muslim
Ummah over the Jamarat
stampede, which led to the loss
of several lives of pilgrims in one
of the sites of worship in Saudi
Arabia.

“This is one tragedy too many.
JNI shares the pains and worries
the families of the affected
victims are passing through and
urge them to patiently persevere
and put their trust in Allah.

“Despite this and other painful
trials, our faith in Allah is
unshaken. Therefore, we call on
each and every Muslim to remain
focused and firm in his or her
belief and engage in acts that will
bring them closer to Allah.

“It is, indeed gratifying that the
Saudi authorities have been
doing everything humanly
possible to make the Hajj as
smooth as it should be, but we
still call on them to investigate
the Jamarat stampede in order to
avert future a occurrence.”

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