The Plateau state Amirul hajj, Justice Suraj Muhammad, has said no official or students of Jami’a Islamiyya Madina from the state were involved in fraudulent act.
Justice Muhammad was responding to media report that alleged some Plateau state students of Jami’a Islamiyya Madina (Madina Islamic University) collected huge amount of money from pilgrims for their (hadaya) sacrificial animal.
He said: “Our attention was drawn to a story that some students’ of Jami’a Islamiyya Madina collected money from our pilgrims.
“We have investigated the matter and we discovered that it was true, we have also discovered all the student are from Jigawa not Plateau state.”
Justice Ibrahim said many pilgrims were victims of the act, adding that the students have refunded all the monies.
“We have since refunded the monies amounting to 300 Riyals collected from each of the pilgrims.
The Executive Secretary of the State pilgrims board, Barr. Auwal Abdullahi, also confirmed that the students that did the act have surrendered themselves and had apologised.
One of the victims Hajiya, Lubabatu Abdullahi, said they were approached by the students who helped in guiding them during visitation to sites in Madina, and after that they were asked to pay for their hadaya.
She said: “We appreciate our leaders for finding out that the People are fraudsters and for returning our monies back to us.”