No fewer than three local government chairmen of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Zamfara state, Nigeria, who were on holy pilgrimage, have lost their lives in a fatal road accident in the early hours of Friday, Daily Post reports.
National President of Muslim Media Practitioners’ Association of Nigeria (MMPAN), Alhaji Abdulrahman Balogun, made this disclosure via a series of short messages.
Balogun, who is one of the pilgrims undergoing the 2018 Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia from Nigeria, said that the trio died during the accident while on their way from Makkah to Madina.
Balogun, who also doubles as Special Assistant on Media to Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, maintained that the deceased include: Alhaji Jafarau Gidan Sambo of Kaura Namoda Local Government, Alhaji Mudi Mallamawa of Shinkafi Local Government and Alhaji Abdullahi Shugaba Ruwan Dorowa of Maru Local Government.
While speaking further, added that the survivors include:
“The survivors included, Alhaji Nasiru Anka of Anka Local Government, Alhaji Tafa Nasarawa Bukkuyum of Bukkuyum Iocal Government (Under treatment) and Alhaji Garba Ziti of Gummi (Under treatment) of Gummi Local Government.
“May their souls rest in peace.
“Zamfara state government officials here in Saudi Arabia have moved into action to receive their bodies for the formalisation of burial. “Yes I can confirm that the three bodies have been moved right now to King Fahd Hospital, Madina while the remaining survivors are in a hospital near the scene, I.e 120km from Madina,” he said.
Balogun added that Head of Nigeria medical team, Dr. Ibrahim Kana, confirmed their death.