Chairman of Kogi State Pilgrims Board, Alhaji Sadiq Mohammed Rabiu has been arrested for fraudulent activities related to the just concluded pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
Alhaji Rabiu’s arrest was made known by the Director General of Media and Publicity, Office of the Kogi State Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, in a chat with newsmen in Lokoja on Sunday.
Fanwo said the arrest of Alhaji Rabiu followed allegation of fraud and dehumanizing treatment of pilgrims from the state to this year’s Hajj.
His word: “Consequent upon receipt of various complaints of fraud against the Chairman, Governor Yahaya Bello set up an investigative panel to probe into the activities of the Board in relation to this year’s Hajj exercise.
“It has been established that Pilgrims from the State were kept in substandard hotels in Mecca, prompting many of them to sleep outside the hotel. Also, many of the Pilgrims were shortchanged by the Chairman of the Board.
“The decision of the Chairman of the Board to discreetly include his relations and friends on the pilgrimage while hiding same from government is also at variance to the policy of the present administration in the State which place emphasis on accountability, probity and transparency.
“In view of this and the determination not to protect any office holder who soiled his or her hand in corruption, the Governor has directed for the immediate suspension of the Chairman and he has been handed over to operatives of the Directorate of State Security Service for further investigations and possible prosecution if enough grounds are found for that”.