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NSCDC arraigns travel agent for defrauding intending Hajj pilgrims

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ekiti State has paraded a suspect identified as Nurudeen, for defrauding prospective Saudi Arabia pilgrims to the tune of N13m.

According to The PUNCH, the Public Relations Officer, NSCDC, Ekiti State, Tolu Afolabi, in a statement on Thursday said that Nurudeen, was trailed to Oyo State, where he was arrested by men of the state NSCDC Counter-Terrorism Unit following complaints from the Muslim community.

He stated that Nurudeen, an alleged fake travel agent, amassed sizable sums of money from devout Muslims who wanted to travel from the states of Ekiti, Ondo, and Osun to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.

Afolabi said, “He did not process any document in respect of the Hajj exercise. Instead, he disappeared with the money since 2021. All efforts to trace him proved abortive as he changed his mobile number and his known addresses, making it difficult to locate him.

“The suspect, following his arrest, has confessed to the crime and he is assisting the unit in its investigation. He will be charged to court as soon as possible.”

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