June 10, 2024

Hajj 2024: Nigerian pilgrim allegedly commits suicide in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Muslim worshippers gather around the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca on June 4, 2024 as pilgrims arrive ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage. (Photo by Abdel Ghani BASHIR / AFP)

…Two others die in hospital

By Ishola Balogun, Saudi Arabia

A Nigerian pilgrim from the Kwara State contingent, Hajia Hawawu Mohammed, has committed suicide.
She was said to have jumped from her rooftop in Madina, Saudi Arabia.

The sad incident was confirmed by the Executive Secretary of Kwara State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Abdulsalam Abdulkadir, on Sunday.

Mohammed, who is from Kwara State, was also confirmed dead by the authorities in Saudi Arabia, which described her death as “suicidal”.

In the same vein, the Kwara State Board also confirmed the death of another pilgrim from the state, Saliu Mohammed, in the same statement.

According to the board, Mohammed, a member of the Batch 3 contingent from Kwara State, died in the intensive care unit of a public hospital in Madina.

The pilgrims’ board stated, “It deeply regrets these sad events but submits totally to the decree and ultimate knowledge of Allah in all affairs”.

Also, the Kebbi Pilgrims Welfare Board announced the death of another pilgrim in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

A statement by Alhaji Ahmed Idris, Chief Press Secretary to Kebbi Governor, gave the name of the deceased as Abubakar Abdullahi from Gulma town in Argungu Local Government Area.

The statement said that the pilgrim died after a brief illness.

Abdullahi is the third Kebbi pilgrim to die in the holy land.

The statement quoted Gov. Nasir Idris as expressing shock over the death and praying to God to grant the deceased eternal rest.

“The governor also urged the immediate family of the deceased, friends, and Kebbi pilgrims to take heart and accept the will of God in good faith,” it added.

It said that the deceased had since been buried according to Islamic rites after a funeral prayer at Masjid Al-Ihram (Ka’aba), on Friday.