Governor Bello Removes Pilgrims Welfare Board Over Fraud

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Sunday removed Alhaji Sadiq Rabiu, the Chairman of the state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, over allegation of fraud during the just concluded Hajj.

Director-General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, who disclosed this in a statement in Lokoja, said Rabiu had been handed over to the Department of State Services, DSS, for investigation and possible prosecution.

Fanwo expressed the governor’s discontent with the dehumanising treatment of pilgrims from the state during the 2016 Hajj.

Fanwo said: “The travails of the chairman stemmed from allegations of corruption, nepotism and blatant disregard to the welfare of the state’s contingent to this year’s pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.”

He said that the suspension of the chairman followed the outcome of an investigative panel into the allegations of corruption, nepotism and dehumanising treatment of pilgrims, in spite of adequate provisions made by government.

Fanwo said that the administration was poised to address the issue of corruption with “absolute seriousness in order to checkmate the effect of corruption on the development of the state”.
National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), some weeks ago, vowed that it would investigate cases of poor feeding arrangements in some pilgrims’ camps.

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