S/Arabia Pays N70m Each To Families Of Dead Nigerians

Mecca accident caused by crane

Reports from Saudi Arabia say the authorities have stated that families of the six Nigerian pilgrims who died in last Friday’s crane crash in the country’s mosque will be compensated with the sum of N70 million each.

The Saudi authority announced that families of each of the 111 people, including six Nigerians, who died in the accident will be paid a compensation of one million Saudi Riyals. One Saudi Riyal is equivalent to N70.

Saudi local newspaper, Arab News, reported that King Salman ordered the following payment to the families of the victims: SR1,000,000 to the family of each person killed in this accident; SR1,000,000 to each injured whose injury resulted in permanent disability; SR500,000 to each of the other people injured.

In addition, the authorities said the families will also be entitled to two Hajj slots each in 2016 to be fully paid for by the Saudi government.

Meanwhile, the custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday, 15 September ordered that top officials of the Saudi Binladin Group be banned from traveling outside the kingdom after the probe of the incident partially blamed the construction company for the crane crash.


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