Haruna Ibn-Sin, the Hisbah boss in Kano State, has been accused of replacing the names of government officials scheduled for hajj with his family members’.
The Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Hisbah Affairs, Mujittaba Rabiu Baban Usman, alleged that the commander replaced the original beneficiaries with his wife and brother.
Usman told Sahelian Times he was one of the victims of the replacement.
His words: “I am one of the seven people who first submitted their passports for the Hajj visa. However, during a meeting on Monday, when a list of officials who will be embarking on the holy trip was called, my name was suspiciously missing.
“When I enquired about his, I was told by a director that the Commander forwarded the names of his wife, brother and SSA to be included, and when he was told that he had to exclude one person from among the three he presented, he chose to include his wife and his other (sic) on the trip.”
Accordingly, Usman said the commander promised to get an additional slot from the state governor. This was after he confronted him.
“I further gathered that when he (Ibn Sina) was presented with the choice of picking between the SSA and his brother, he opined that it wasn’t his obligation to take the SSA on the trip, and went ahead to take his brother.”
The Hisbah boss, however, denied the allegation, saying that the replacement was from the pilgrims’ board.
The Chairman of the commission’s Board of Directors, Sheikh Shehi Shehi, promised to launch an investigation to unravel the circumstances leading to the alleged replacement without due process.