The Ogun Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board on Wednesday said that it would start transporting pilgrims from Saudi Arabia back to the country from Friday.The Information Officer for the board, Alhaji Qudus Kafidipe, told newsmen in telephone interview from Makkah, Saudi Arabia, that all pilgrims from the state were in stable health condition.
Kafidipe said the pilgrims were in high spirit in anticipation of their return journey.
Dr Nasirudeen Bello, a member of the state medical team in Makkah said Ogun recorded only one casualty contrary to report in some national dailies.
``We lost Alhaji Ayinde Ganiu, aged 83 years, who died of cardiac arrest. This is contrary to reports in some national dailies that two pilgrims from the state died. I say without mincing words that the report of two casualties is not correct, and the National Hajj Commission statistics also has one death. We don’t know where they got their own report from, I urge that it should be disregarded because it is false,” he said.