The Saudi government says it has introduced electronic system into the stoning of the three devils by pilgrims during hajj at Muna after Arafat day to check stampedes.
The representative of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Tanko Aliyu disclosed this on Sunday while briefing journalists when he led them on an inspection of Nigerian pilgrims’ tent at Muna.
The monitoring exercise is part of efforts by NAHCON to ensure a hitch-free pilgrimage as the pilgrims prepare to stone the devil in Muna after Arafat day which is on August 10.
Aliyu said: “The new idea is necessitated by the fact that previous stoning was not without some negative developments. Some pilgrims were known to have missed their bearing in the process of stoning the three devils.
He further called on NAHCON officials and their counterparts in the country to swing into action by educating the pilgrims on the need to adapt to the new system.
Aliyu promised the pilgrims that they would be conveyed by buses in batches at specified times to areas earmarked for the event to ease their movement.