Senate Uncovers How National Hajj Commission ‘Extorts Pilgrims’
Hajj pilgrims in Nigeria are extorted annually.
How will persons that are going to pray be extorted, you will ask, but the Senate is making this shocking revelation.
This extortion is not by private individuals but by government establishment.
During Tuesday’s plenary, the attention of lawmakers was drawn to the activities of the National Hajj Commission by Senator Ibrahim Danbaba.
He claimed that the National Hajj Commission extorts about 1,555,000 Naira per Pilgrim is extortion.
Explaining how this extortion happen, he told the Senate that there were unnecessary charges that were in contradiction to the normal levy.
Another Senator that contributed to the motion, Senator Jibrin Barau, said many of the commission’s officials connive with people in Saudi Arabia in charge of accommodation to further make money off the pilgrims.
After deliberations on the matter, the Senate asked the National Hajj Commission to review the 2017 fare.
It also asked the Committee on Foreign Affairs to investigate the circumstances surrounding the issue of the National Hajj Commission.