The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), has cautioned some travel agencies from collecting Hajj fares from intending pilgrims with the assurance of securing slots for them under the entry visa category.
It is alleged that such agents attribute their claims to NAHCON’s permission.
In a warning first issued on May 28, NAHCON had dissociated itself from any agent claiming to transport pilgrims to the 2021 Hajj without Saudi Arabia’s clearance. Thereafter the Kingdom had categorically stated that only the 60,000 selected to perform Hajj from within Saudi Arabia shall be allowed access into the holy sites where the Hajj rites take place.
NAHCIN stated that, “Anyone caught at the vicinity without a legal permit shall be fined 10,000 Saudi Riyals, equivalent to over a million Naira.
The Commission further said it is reiterating the warning to the general public to be cautious of falling victims to fraudsters in the name of Hajj travel agents, saying such persons are preying on the desperation of some intending pilgrims to perform Hajj at all costs, which in itself violates the Islamic principle of pilgrimage for the sake of Allah.
It is also alleged that the so-called Hajj agents connive with some Saudi legal residents through whose residential licenses (igama) they would secure the Hajj permit for their clients.
NAHCON said that it’s warning “is that the system is bio-metrical with the original owners’ data fully computed; therefore, the mismatch would be automatically detected once subjected to screening.
The Commission advised the general public to report to the Commission any person collecting money and giving assurance of securing 2021 Hajj slot under the entry visa.