Scandal: How National Hajj Commission embezzled N1.6 billion

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria has come under scrutiny as the body has been accused of official graft.

A member representing Kano Municipal Constituency, Hon. Danburam Abubakar Nuhu, has revealed how the commission extorted money from pilgrims.

Hon. Nuhu disclosed that pilgrims were meant to wear a hand band at the course of their pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

He said the hand bands were never given to them by the National Hajj Commission.

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Nuhu revealed that the commission charged and collected the sum of N25,000 from each pilgrim who participated in the 2016 Hajj.

“A total of 65,167 pilgrims from Nigeria performed the Hajj.

“By extrapolation, the sum of N1.6 billion was supposed to have been generated by the Hajj Commission from the sales of the hand band,” he added.

The use of hand band by the commission was to serve as a chip to facilitate the identification and location of any missing pilgrim, if need be.

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The House consequently mandated the Special Committee on Nigeria-Saudi Relations to investigate the matter of the non-issuance of the hand band to the pilgrims.

The house also ordered that the company who was awarded the contract to manufacture the bands be investigated.

The hose asked the committee to report back within two weeks.