Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has ordered the immediate arrest of one Sagir Mohammed, a staff of the Nasarawa state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board for swindling intending pilgrims over N20 million.
Al-Makura gave the marching order, yesterday, while addressing this year’s contingent for pilgrimage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Lafia.
He gave security operatives 24 hours to apprehend the culprit whom he said would be made to pay back every penny he collected from his victims which include a local government chairman from Niger state who for seven people at the rate of N1, 050, 000 per slot.
Addressing the intending pilgrims, Governor Al-Makura urged them to be good ambassadors of the state and the country and desist from any act capable of tarnishing the good image of Islam.
He assured that despite the paucity of funds, the state government has secured accommodation for the state’s pilgrims close to the holy mosque in Mecca.
The leaders of the state delegation, Dr Hassan Lawal, urged the pilgrims to pray for peace in the state while in the Holy Land and for God to continue to guide Nigerian leaders on the path of righteousness and justice.
Abdulrazak Mohammed, the spokesperson of the board said the state got 1660 seat allocation from the National Hajj Commission for 2016 but sofar only 1468 have completed their payments and fulfilled conditions to perform hajj operations.