Two pilgrims from Kebbi State have been reported dead at the just concluded 2016 Hajj in Saudi Arabia, The Kebbi State Pilgrims Welfare Board has announced on Monday.
Alhaji Aliyu Jajirma, the Secretary of the Kebbi State Publicity Committee on the 2016 Hajj, confirmed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria from Mecca on Monday.
Jajirma, who is also the state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, however, did not disclose the names of the pilgrims, but said the two, male and female, died in hospital as a result of brief illness.
He said the affected pilgrims, who were buried in the Holy city of Mecca, hailed from Maiyama and Augie Local Government Areas of the state.
According to Jajirma, the wife of the state Governor, Dr. Zainab Bagudu, who also performed the Hajj, had commiserated with the families of the deceased.
A total of 4,107 pilgrims from Kebbi State performed the 2016 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.