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NAHCON raises alarm over fraudsters who offer fake Hajj slots to intending pilgrims

 

Hajj Reporters

 

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has raised the alarm over fraudulent activities linked to the sponsorship of Hajj 2021.

 

The commission, in a statement by, Fatima Sanda Usara, Head Public Affairs on Friday, drew the attention of prospective pilgrims over dubious persons advertising Hajj slots under the guise of being assured of Hajj allocation.

 

NAHCON, in the statement, disclosed that it has come to its notice that a so-called Non Governmental Organization is collecting intending pilgrims’ money to the tune of N50,000 for form and another N100,000.00 for free $100,000 BTA (Basic Travelling Allowance), with the promise of sponsoring eligible candidates to Hajj for free.

 

The commission therefore warned that no such organization is registered with the NAHCON and no unregistered company is authorized to organize Hajj or collect monies for Hajj for anyone or any group of persons.

 

NAHCON had therefore distanced itself from such unlicensed organizations and is warning the public to be cautious and report any such person or group collecting money for Hajj illegally.

 

“The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) here brings to the notice of hopeful pilgrims and the general public fraudulent activities linked to the sponsorship of Hajj 2021 and some dubious persons advertising Hajj slots under the guise of being assured of Hajj allocation.

 

“The Commission therefore warns the general public to be wary of falling victims of such dubious deals. In particular, it has come to our notice that a so-called Non Governmental Organization is collecting intending pilgrims’ money: N50,000 for form and another N100,000.00 for free $100,000 BTA (Basic Travelling Allowance), with the promise of sponsoring eligible candidates to Hajj for free.

 

” No such organization is registered with the Commission and no unregistered company is authorized to organize Hajj or collect monies for Hajj for anyone or any group of persons. NAHCON distances itself from such unlicensed organizations and is warning the public to be cautious and report any such person or group collecting money for Hajj illegally,” the statement reads in parts.

 

The statement continued ” Those allowed to collect Hajj fare deposits are State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards/Commissions/Agencies, Licensed Tour Operators and Ja’iz Bank under the Hajj Savings Scheme arrangement. Apart from these three, any order channel should be considered illegal. Please find a list of Licensed Tour Operators on NAHCON’s website: https://www.nigeriahajjcom.gov.ng.

 

“Consequently, the Commission here advises State Pilgrims Welfare Boards to sensitize their states’ Muslim public; using dominant local languages; thorough any possible means: radio, television, during enlightenment programs etc. against falling preys to swindlers whether in Nigeria or if they travel to Saudi Arabia for Hajj. And that they must pay for Hajj only through NAHCON authorized channels.

 

“NAHCON Zonal coordinators are also encouraged to make a list of Licensed Tour Operators under their zones and share with state welfare boards as well as display same in their head offices for public consumption.

 

“Kindly consider this as urgent in order to protect innocent Nigerian Muslims from fraudsters,” NAHCON appealed

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