JULY 11 IN NIGERIA’S HISTORY: Plane Crash Kills 261 Muslim Pilgrims, Gunmen Kidnap Four Journalists 🎊 The Scoper Media

July 11 stands as a significant date in Nigeria’s history, marked by two major events that had far-reaching impacts on the nation.

On July 11, 1991, the DC-8 aircraft, chartered by a Canadian company to transport Nigerian Muslim pilgrims to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, met with disaster.

The plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Jeddah International Airport, killing all 261 passengers and crew members on board. This tragedy sent shockwaves through Nigeria and the international community, casting a somber shadow over the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

The ill-fated flight was carrying pilgrims who had embarked on the journey of a lifetime, aiming to fulfill one of the five pillars of Islam.

Fast forward to July 11, 2010, four journalists were kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria’s southern region. The kidnappers made a ransom demand of $1.67 million, but the Journalists were later released on July 18, with no ransom paid.

These two incidents, occurring 19 years apart on the same date, reflect the diverse challenges Nigeria has faced over the years. The 1991 plane crash highlighted the need for improved aviation safety standards and the importance of ensuring the well-being of pilgrims undertaking religious journeys. Meanwhile, the 2010 kidnapping incident shed light on the ongoing security challenges in the country and the threats faced by journalists and other vulnerable groups.

See more significant events on July 11 in Nigeria’s history:

July 11, 2014: Nigeria Declares Ebola Outbreak a National Emergency

July 11, 1996: Nigerian Activist Ken Saro-Wiwa Posthumously Awarded the Right Livelihood Award

July 11, 1987: Military Coup Attempt Thwarted in Nigeria

July 11, 2021: Nigeria Records Significant Progress in COVID-19 Vaccination Drive

July 11, 2002: Historic Agreement Reached in Nigerian Oil Dispute

July 11, 1998: Nigerian Athletes Shine at the Commonwealth Games

Source: Osun Defender