Civil Society Group for Good Governance, CSGGG, yesterday, faulted the recent allegation of N1.7 billion against the Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed, describing it as the handiwork of his enemies.
Recently, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, a coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organisations, had urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate alleged corrupt acts in the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, under the leadership of Mohammed.
The petitioners told EFCC that each pilgrim was charged N25,000 instead of N14,350 for electronic wristband, and that Mr. Mohammed only refunded almost N1.7 billion to 2015 Hajj pilgrims after threats were made from top-ranking NAHCON officials to expose the sharp practices and extortion resulting in the money. However, a document from the commission which was backed by the CSGGG, explained that the actual cost for the e-wristband collected from each pilgrim by the commission is N8,741.
Investigation also revealed that Mohammed made a refund of N1.7 billion mentioned in the petition to pilgrims of 2015 Hajj for services that were not adequately rendered or not rendered at all. Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the President of the CSGGG, Mr Dominic Ogakwu said, “The allegations of corruptions and lopsidedness in awards of contracts against the executive Chairman of Hajj Commission is a figment of the imaginations of some few individuals who are prepared to carry out mischief and rubbish the good work of the executive chairman.”