Veteran journalist Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf has been confirmed dead in Thursday’s deadly stampede at the Jamarat Bridge outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Over 700 pilgrims died in the incident, while another 863 were injured as the pilgrims were taking part in the Hajj’s last major rite.
It is the deadliest incident to occur during the Hajj in 25 years. About two million people are performing Hajj this year including 70,000 Nigerians.
One of Nigeria’s respected Islamic intellectuals, Prof. Tijani El-Miskin, is also among the Nigerian casualties.
El-Miskin was a professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies. He was among the 11 candidates who last year vied for appointment as University of Maiduguri Vice Chancellor.
He was Chairman of Borno State Pilgrims Welfare Board.