Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mina Stampede: Eye Witness Account From Kebbi State Deputy Governor

The entire world witnessed with great shock, the death of over 700 pilgrims in Mina on the outskirts of Mecca.  The pilgrims were undergoing one of the pilgrimage rituals known as "stoning the devil".  Pilgrim throw seven stones at a bridge which is believed to be the spot where Satan tempted Abraham.

On Thursday 24th September 2015, over 700 of the pilgrims who undertook the journey to Jamaraat Bridge where the ritual takes place did not return alive.  The deupty governor of Kebbi State - Alhaji Samaila Yombe Dabai was one of the survivors of the Mina Stampede.  Speaking in Mecca, Alhaji Yombe Dabai said people were packed like sardines in the sweltering heat which was about 47 degrees celsius.

He explained that all pilgrims scheduled to throw Jamrat were channeled to a particular street.  A military vehicle was set across the street to demarcate the pilgrims throwing Jamrat from the next set of pilgrims scheduled to throw their stones. About 5000 pilgrims of the next set scheduled to throw Jamrat were not aware of the road block and pressed forward resulting in extremely tight human stationary traffic.  Pilgrims started to scale the fence of tents on both sides of the road in a bid to get fresh air and escape suffocation.

The chief judge of Kebbi state - Justice Abdulkadir Jega was among those confirmed dead in the stampede.  May the souls of the departed rest in peace.

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