Saudi Arabia compensates 2015 Hajj Crane crash victims

Fatima Hassan, Abuja

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has released compensations to the victims of 2015 Crane crash that occurred in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

The information was disclosed by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Justice Muhammad Isa Dodo at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia for the Preparation of 2020 Hajj exercise, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, the National Hajj Commission’s Head of Public Affair, Fatima Sanda Usara, stated that the compensations for five among the deceased and two injured pilgrims were released to the Nigerian Embassy in Riyadh and has been forwarded to the Commission to hand it over to the families of the victims.

The Commission will coordinate payment of the compensation in accordance with provisions of the law.

Nigeria lost six pilgrims from Gombe, Kaduna and Katsina States to the crash and three others sustained injuries.

It would be recalled that on 11th September 2015, a crawler crane collapsed during a thunderstorm at the Kaaba Grand Mosque in Makkah claiming many lives and injuring others.

Meanwhile, part of agreements reached for the 2020 Hajj includes the Saudi Arabian authority re-emphasising that the Saudi Ministry of Hajj will not recognise any contractual agreement or payment done outside the e-track portal for 2020 Hajj exercise, as such will be considered illegal and will not be recognised by the Kingdom.

Also pilgrims have been advised to pay an optional one hundred Saudi Riyals or more as an insurance cover for any accidents, loss of property and other risks pilgrim may encounter while on Hajj.

Omolayo.A