Hajj Stampede: 43 Nigerians Still Missing As States Submit DNA Profiles

Forty-three Nigerians are still missing as state pilgrims boards submitted the DNA profiles of their missing pilgrims.

The State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards had submitted the DNA profiles of analysis conducted on relatives of missing pilgrims, a senior NAHCON official told Daily Trust on Sunday.
Saudi authorities had shunned requests by the President of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto Sa’ad Abubakar; 2015 head of Nigerian hajj delegation, Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sunusi II as well as that of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria to be included in the probe of the stampede.
Nigeria lost over 300 pilgrims. She will submit the DNA files to Saudi Arabian authorities for further analysis on bodies of unidentified pilgrims.
Saudi authorities refused visa for a team from Iranian coroner’s office to identify dead bodies of the Hajj pilgrims, official from Iranian coroner’s office Ahmad Shojaei has said.
“No response has yet been received on part of Saudi government about DNA examination of the victims,” Shojaie told Iran’s official news agency, IRNA.
Shojaei said the Mina human tragedy proved why genetic bank is necessary.
“In the future, the DNA files of different groups and strata must be prepared because the bank is needed in similar tragedies,” he said.l

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