Sokoto pilgrim under probe for illegally collecting $500 for animals sacrifice

Sokoto State
Sokoto State
By  Ado Hassan, Sokoto
A pilgrim from Sokoto state is being  probed for illegally collecting USD 100 each from five pilgrims, for the purchase of sacrificial animals according to reports.

It was confirmed that the pilgrim (names withheld), was said to have fraudulently collected the money, before his apprehension by the members of the State government’s 2017 Hajj delegation.

Reports further said that the  pilgrim had perpetrated similar nefarious acts in the previous Hajj exercises.

However, while confirming the incident, the state Amirul Hajj, Justice Bello Abbas, said the pilgrim would be thoroughly investigated and appropriately sanctioned,  if found wanting.

Abbas, who is also the State Chief Judge revealed the sad development during a preaching session in Makkah which was also attended by the members of the delegation,  as well as those of the State preaching committee.

Represented by Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, Abbas warned,” any pilgrim from the state found wanting would not be spared.

” All the pilgrims should arrive to be good ambassadors of the state and Nigeria while  in the Holy Land,” he appealed.

Also commenting on the issue, the  Director, Operations of the Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Muhammad, said the pilgrim is from Sokoto South local government and had been in this business for six consecutive years.

“We don’t want to give his name or tell you more about him as at now because doing so is amounting to preempting the outcome of the  probe,” he said

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