By Aminu Kutama

A fresh scandal has hit Kano State Hisbah Commission and the bones of contention are the statutory Hajj seats allocated to the commission by the Kano State Government.

SAHELIAN TIMES’ findings reveal that a Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Hisbah Affairs, Mujittaba Rabiu Baban Usman, has accused the Commander General of the Commission, Sheikh Muhammad Harun Ibn Sina of diverting some of the state government sponsored slots allocated to officials of the commission to his household.

“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,” he said in an interview.

Speaking further, he said, “ 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 on the trip.”

The official added that when he confronted the Commander on his exclusion, he assured him that he would seek for an allocation increase from the State Governor and he will be included.

“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.”

However, the Commander General of Hisbah Board Muhammad Harun Ibni Sina denied the allegation saying that the replacement was from pilgrims’ board

Also commenting, the Chairman of the commission’s Board of Directors, Sheikh Shehi Shehi has promised to launch an investigation to unravel the circumstances leading to the alleged replacement without due process.

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