News: Mecca crane collapse - Three Nigerians injured

Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz, visits an injured pilgrim
at a hospital in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
| credits: AFP

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria on Saturday said that while three Nigerians were injured in the crane incident in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, no Nigerian was among the dead.

The commission, however, stated that investigations by the Nigerian medical team and the Saudi authorities “are still ongoing on the matter.”

The spokesperson of NAHCON, Mr. Uba Mana, said, “For now, no Nigerian has been confirmed to be among the dead. But three Nigerians are believed to have been injured. Investigations by the Saudi authorities are still ongoing, but not concluded. Our medical personnel are visiting hospitals to find out if there are Nigerian casualties. But so far, no Nigerian is among the dead.”

Saudi Arabia’s emergency crew at the scene of the crane
crash at the Grand Mosque in Mecca
Photo: AFP


Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia on Saturday began the process of identifying the 107 victims of the accident which occurred on Friday.

The Saudi authorities said the victims would first be identified before they would be buried.

This was as they promised to contact all countries that might have lost any of their citizens in the accident.


“For now, no Nigerian has been confirmed to be among the dead. But three Nigerians are believed to have been injured. Investigations by the Saudi authorities are still ongoing, but not concluded. Our medical personnel are visiting hospitals to find out if there are Nigerian casualties. But so far, no Nigerian is among the dead.”

Some parts of the Grand Mosque where the crane crashed were sealed on Saturday just as government officials said the yearly pilgrimage would go on as scheduled.


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