The chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Abdullahi Mukhtar, has dragged the convener of Citizens Action to Take Back Nigeria, CATBAN, Ibrahim Wala, to court for alleged defamation of character.
Mr Mukhtar slammed the N100million suit against Mr Wala for allegedly defaming his character in a publication on social media.
On September 26, Mr Wala wrote on his Facebook page that Mr Mukhtar had corruptly enriched himself with N3billion after 2017 Hajj.
“Official documents made available to CATBAN reveals that the Chairman of NAHCON after the 2017 Hajj operations makes not less than N3 billion for himself,” Mr Wala wrote.
“In the interim, CATBAN tends to question how NAHCON expended the the total sum of N97,906,500,000 (almost Hundred Billion) accrued from the payment of N1.5million by each individuals that made up the 65,271 being the Total Number of Nigerian Muslim Pilgrims for 2017.
“Looking into the document, airlines and hotels agents were involved in making of figures which consist of kickbacks to officials.
“These figures are too exorbitant. In line with the objectives of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration on the fight against corruption, CATBAN demands a report detailing how the 2017 Hajj Operation was conducted to be published immediately.”
In the hearing notice Mr Wala posted on his Facebook timeline, he is expected to appear before an Abuja High Court on December 4.