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Hajj: Dead Nigerian pilgrims now nine as female collapses in ‘stone throwing at devils’ rite

A Nigeran female pilgrim has collapsed and died while attempting to throw stone to the three devil’s in Mecca.

This brings to nine the number of Nigerian pilgrims that had died during the 2019 Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Dr Ibrahim Kana, said the dead pilgrim was attempting to throw stone at the three devils in Jamrat as part of the Hajj rites in Saudi Arabia when she collapsed and died.

Kanu, who addressed journalists in Saudi Arabia, disclosed that the woman was a Lagis State pilgrim from Oshodi Local Government Area.

The body of the woman was said to be brought in dead at the hospital

Indeed, tbe Nigerian pilgrims would start flying back to the country from August 17, 2019.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.