The House of Representatives has ordered a detailed investigation into anomalies that characterized the trips of Nigerian Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year.
The order for a probe followed the adoption of a motion, titled: “Need to Investigate the Untold Hardship Faced by Nigerian Pilgrims at the Recently Concluded 2023 Hajj,” sponsored by Honorable Ahmed Idris on Thursday.
It was reported that no fewer than 14 pilgrims died during this year’s Hajj.
Giving the breakdown recently in Makkah during the post-Arafat review session, the head of the Nigerian medical team for the pilgrimage, Dr Usman Galadima, said seven pilgrims died during the pre-Arafat period.
He disclosed that one casualty was from Plateau State; two from Kaduna; two from Osun; one from Borno; one from Yobe; one from the Federal Capital Territory; one from Benue; while Lagos had one.