THE number of casualties of Nigerian pilgrims recorded so far during this year’s pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has risen to seven.
The casualties are from Kwara, Kogi, Kaduna and Kastina States.
The Chairman National Hajj Commission (NAHCON), Alhaji Abdullahi Muktai Mohammed who disclosed that at Arafat while addressing newsmen said the mortality is the lowest so far in the history of hajj exercise in the last fifteen years.
According to him, all the deceased died as a result of one ailment or the other and not due to car accident.
Alhaji Muktai disclosed that the commission has established a medical centre which operates for 24 hours in case of any emergency.
The Chairman also told newsmen that the outbound flight back to Nigeria will commence.
Meanwhile, Over two million Pilgrims from across the world have converged on Mount Arafat with male pilgrims all dressed in white Garment known as hiram.
In all eighty-one thousand, two hundred Nigerians are performing this year’s pilgrimage out of the 95,000 slots allocated to the country by the Saudi Arabian authorities.
All the pilgrims are expected back in Musdalipha this evening where they would spend the night before the symbolic stone throwing at Jamarat tomorrow.
Most of the pilgrims have bought coupon for the purchase of rams as sacrifice to mark Eid- Kabir.
The Senate President, Doctor Bukola Saraki and other prominent members of the National Assembly including traditional rulers are presently performing the hajj rites.