Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, advised pilgrims to be of conduct so as not to embarrass the state while on their pilgrimage visit.
He has now been given a 24-hours ultimatum to reveal himself and return the amount he took from the travelers who have been affected by the incident.
Abdulrazaq Muhammed, the Public Relations Officer of the board confirmed the story. He also mentioned that Mohammed had been working as an ad-hoc staff with the establishment for a period of three years, prior to the incident.
Offering his comments on the matter, the Nassarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, advised the Hajj pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state as they travel to the holy land.
He expressed anger over the incident, as well as his commitment to ensuring that that the offender faces the consequences of his crime if he does not return the money within the period stated.
“This is the kind of act and perception we don’t want in the holy land where we are supposed to go and seek Allah’s mercy and the cleansing of our souls."
“I am very disappointed and angry that such is happening."
“The young man is one Sagir Mohammed from Azara in the Awe Local Government Area."
“He collected money from about 20 innocent pilgrims and disappeared."
“I am disappointed as this situation is worrisome and embarrassing."
“Stealing is a crucial offence, hence the need to emphasize it."
“Therefore, I advice the intending pilgrims to disengage from such act to avert state embarrassment in the Holy Land” , he said.