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Katsina to investigate financial fraud in pilgrims’ board

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A alleged financial fraud involving staff of the Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board is to be investigated by the state government.The fraud was alleged to have been committed during the 2016 hajj operation, in which pilgrims were short-changed their Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA).

To this end, a nine-member committee has been set up by the state government to look into the alleged financial fraud. The state’s Deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu, who announced the setting up of the committee, said government was worried over the report of the 2016 hajj operation and would deal with any board member found to be involved in the alleged fraud.

He said the committee would investigate involvement of board officials in the process and eventful issuing of visa to international pilgrims through the pilgrims welfare board.

According to him, the committee is to also unearth circumstances associated with shortage of accommodation to pilgrims to Mekka during the last hajj operation. Yakubu said the committee, which was given four weeks to complete its assignment, should also recommend measures that would lead to a successful 2017 hajj operation.

Chairman of the committee, Sulieman Yakubu assured that its members would justify confidence repose on them and complete the assignment within scheduled time.



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