The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that more than 2,000 intending pilgrims in the state that paid the complete fare for this year’s Hajj could not partake in the pilgrimage.
NAN also reports that Gov. Abdul-aziz Yari had promised to deal with the government officials and political office holders found culpable in the alleged scandal.
Reacting to the development, Assemblyman Aminu Danjibga, the Chairman, House Committee on Religious Affairs, told the House that the 2012 Hajj was marred by several irregularities.
He said that the complaints he received from some aggrieved prospective pilgrims showed that more than 2,000 intending pilgrims from Zamfara had their seats allocated to others.
Danjibga said that the prospective pilgrims, who were initially given bags and travelling documents, got to the camp to learn that they were not on the list of those performing the Hajj, without any “tenable reasons” given for the development.
“We were told that some dubious officials of the Pilgrims Welfare Agency and the local government councils connived and cheated the intending pilgrims, thereby denying them the chance to perform the Hajj,” he said.
After deliberations on the matter, the Speaker, Sanusi Rikiji, set up an eight-member committee for each of the three senatorial districts of the state.
He said that the committees would investigate the alleged scandal in their respective zones.
The committees were given three weeks to complete their investigation and submit their report to the House.
Meanwhile, the House has summoned the Commissioner for Agriculture, Malami Yandoto, to explain why the project concerning the construction of tube wells for irrigation farming was abandoned.
The House observed that the state government had released funds for the project.