By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA— Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has suspended the state Chairman of the Muslim Pilgrims Board, Alhaji Sadiq Muhammed, over “infidelity” in the handling of funds.
The governor has also directed the Department of State Services, DSS, to further investigate the suspended chairman over the alleged financial misappropriation.
The Director-General of Media and Publicity to the Governor, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, who revealed this yesterday in Lokoja, said the governor had developed mechanisms against corrupt practices in the state, and will not spare any public official found culpable.
His words: “I am aware that many people from the state were part of this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca. Government was aware of all they went through.
“As a responsible leader, the governor immediately swung into action by setting up a probe panel to unravel why Kogi pilgrims were subjected to such dehumanising conditions, despite the perfect arrangements by the state government to make pilgrims comfortable.
“The probe reports indicted the Chairman of the Pilgrims Commission. To underscore his zero-tolerance for corruption, the governor has directed the Secretary to the State Government to immediately suspend the chairman of the commission.
“Also, the chairman has been handed over to DSS for further investigations and possible prosecution if enough grounds are found for that.”