Breaking News: Emir of Zing dies in Mecca, victim of pilgrims stampede

Sep 26 2015 - 5:53pm

*Two of his four wives also died

The Taraba State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, has confirmed the death of the state’s Amirul Hajj for the 2015 pilgrimage, Alhaji Abbas Ibrahim, the First Class ruler of Zing,  Nigeria’s north east. He was aged 62.

Two out of his four wives also died, according to the Zing Traditional Council.

The chairman of Taraba Pilgrims Board, Alhaji Hamman-Adama Tukur, said the emir died on Thursday during a stampede that claimed the lives of more than 700 pilgrims. Some of the pilgrims from the state are still missing.

The victims, among others, were at the site of the Jamrat, where they were to fulfill one of the Hajj rites of a symbolic stoning of the devil.

Tukur said that the body of the late traditional ruler had been recovered. It was buried in Makkah on Friday.

He disclosed that many indigenes of Taraba were still missing, while a few others, whose names he did not mention, but who sustained injuries, were receiving treatment in some Saudi hospitals.

Alhaji Hassan Mijinyawa, Chief Press Secretary to Taraba Governor, also confirmed the death of the monarch.

He however said that consultation was still ongoing between the State Government and the Zing Traditional Council, before a formal pronouncement would be made.

Meanwhile, the Zing Traditional Council has also confirmed that the Emir died along with two of his four wives during the stampede.

The Tafidan Zing, Gurama Bawa, who confirmed the death of the wives in an interview with NAN, said the late emir was aged 62 and had been on the throne for 19 years.

He left behind, two wives and 13 children

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