Nigerian pilgrim on Hajj dies after falling from a faulty elevator in Saudi Arabia

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A pilgrim from Niger state Nigeria has died after falling from a faulty elevator in a ten story building in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

The deceased, a male who has yet to be named, is said to be from Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.

Nigerian Pilgrims in the hotel said that they had complained about the faulty elevators but got no positive response.

His travel companions in the hotel said the pilgrim had finished packaging his luggage and was waiting to be scheduled for his return journey to Nigeria after completing the Hajj pilgrimage.

“All the lifts in this hotel are faulty. We have been complaining to the management but nothing has been done. About three people were also trapped in one of the lifts this morning,” one of the pilgrims in the hotel said.

The hotel, located on Ibrahim Khalil street in Makkah City, is one of the buildings officially allocated to Niger State pilgrims.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Team for this year’s Hajj, Alhaji Abubakar Magaji, has pleaded with the state’s pilgrims to remain calm.

Abubakar said:

 “We are awaiting the response of the Saudi authorities investigating the matter before taking further action.”

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