A 19-year-old Kaduna, Nigerian man was among those who died in a stampede following the ritualistic devil stoning in Mina, Saudi Arabia. Mudasir Gambo only three years ago fled Kaduna, alongside his family, after being threatened by Boko Haram insurgents. His journey to perform the Haj pilgrimage began after he won a ticket lottery for the trip. Gambo soon joined his brother, Abubakar, based in Saudi Arabia, for the pilgrimage. It was in Abubakar’s presence that Gambo would later be buried by Saudi authorities after the fatal incident. Abubakar told Reuters the stampede occurred when the Haj handlers shut a narrow gate to the heavily thronging crowd just to allow a crown prince performed the ritual. The Saudi authorities have denied the claim, blaming it rather on unruly crowd. “It was shocking. I felt traumatised, confused and very empty. His death has left a very wide gap that can never be filled,” Gambo’s father, Sallau, lamented.