On Tuesday, 2/5/2015, the former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, forwarded to the Senate for approval, the name of Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar Mohammad, as the new chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

Since his assumption of office, Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad has embarked on massive fraudulent activities, defrauding NAHCON of billions of Naira every year. Unfortunately, he has been doing so with impunity, until now.

According to leaked information released to CUPS from ICPC files, NAHCON charges every pilgrim from Nigeria some N5,000, which is called “development levy”.

The so called development levy is meant to be used for the maintenance of pilgrims’ camps and departure centres in Nigeria. Unfortunately, nobody knows what has been happening to this substantial amount of money, as it is NOT accounted for in HANCON account books.

When one calculates the number of pilgrims that have been charged this fraudulent levy from 2014 when it started, to 2017, the amount accrues to over N5 billion!

Furthermore, the leaked ICPC documents showed that there is massive fraud perpetrated by Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, in relation to securing pilgrims’ accommodation in Mina, Saudi Arabai.

Before the commencement Hajj rituals, 95 percent of Nigerian pilgrims go to Medina directly after staying in Mina briefly. The leaked ICPC document alleges that only 5% of our pilgrims go to Mina to stay, and that happens only after they have concluded their Arafat rituals.

So, the empty houses paid for by Nigerian pilgrims are rented out by Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar to pilgrims of other countries. The ICPC leaked document alleges that over 300,000 Saudi Riyals were generated from this fraudulent exercise. And the money has not been accounted for in NAHCON books!

Fellow compatriots, the CUPS organisation will keep exposing the financial crimes of Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar, until he is made to face the full wrath of the law.

May God save Nigeria and Nigerians. Amen.

Dr. Idris Ahmed

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