Daily Nigerian reports that the pouch belongs to another Nigerian pilgrim from Kaduna state.
Arzika Bakaya, from Tambuwal LGA , Sokoto state said he discovered the pouch on the steps of their hotel accommodation where both state pilgrims were accommodated.
WikkiTimes gathered that the pouch was taken to the office of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), and received by Ibrahim Mahmud, NAHCON Madinah Coordinator.
‘’During our orientations, our Islamic scholars told us that one doesn’t just find money and claim it in Saudi Arabia,” he said.
He added: “Everything found must be returned or the law will catch up with you. So, when I saw this pouch, I took it to an official of the Sokoto state pilgrim welfare board.
‘’It was in his presence that we discovered the money inside the pouch. Luckily for us, the pouch also contains the telephone number and passport of the Kaduna pilgrim. I am happy to have satisfied my conscience.”
Mahmud expressed profound gratitude to Bakaya for his gesture and promised to return the money to officials of the Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board for return to the owner.
‘’We will follow the same process of getting in touch with officials of the pilgrim’s state just as the Sokoto officials had done by contacting NAHCON. This is a laudable feat by a pilgrim and good for the image of Nigeria.
‘’I will, however, advise all pilgrims to be more careful in handling their money and documents while in the Holy Land. The stress involved in losing money is much,’’ he said.
Prayers were showered upon the pilgrim that returned the money, Sokoto state and Nigeria during the return of the property.
Arzika says he feels no regrets returning the money back to its legitimate owner.