Ghanaian pilgrim, Alhaji Yakubu Zakari, who made the trip for this year’s Hajj has died, a statement from the Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana (PAOG) has announced.
The deceased, 65 “…died of cardiogenic shock and he is currently being processed for burial just after Asr prayers”, Deputy Communications Director of the Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana (PAOG), Mohammed Amin Lamptey said in the release.
PAOG noted it was deeply saddened over “the passing of Alhaji Yakubu Zakari, who hails from the Volta Region.
His death occurred this afternoon [on Saturday September 24] in Makkah, according to the statement.
Mr Lamptey pointed out that he got information from the head of Ghana’s medical team under PAOG, Dr Abdul Samad Suleman, that the deceased was rushed to the Ghana clinic in the morning but died within five minutes of arrival.
The statement further indicated taht his agent, Alhaji Garba Ibrahim of Albalad Travel and Tours, who has been part of the process together with officials of PAOG, has duly informed his relatives just after he passed on.
“We mourn and empathise with the family during this moment of grief and loss. May Allah grant him His favours with the highest Paradise (Jannat Firdaws), Ameen,” the statement concluded.
The passing of Alhaji Zakari makes it two, Ghanaian casualties at this year’s pilgrimage,after another pilgrim, Alhaji Alhassan Kuku, 70 passed away.