Gov Bello sacks chairman of pilgrims board, hands him over to DSS | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

Alhaji Sadiq Mohammed Rabiu, the chairman of the Kogi Pilgrims Board has been suspended by the state governor, Yahaya Bello, and handed over to the Department of State Services (DSS) for further investigation and possible prosecution.

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 over allegation of fraud during the just concluded Hajj.

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”.

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  1. Bravo gov! I really wish other governors do same. These chairmen remorselessly trample on pilgrims rights in the holy land under the disguise that pilgrimage is 'hard'. Poor accommodation,luggage movements and return journeys.


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