Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State yesterday ordered the arrest of four Hajj officials for failing to give intending pilgrims their Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA).
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Muazu Dakingari, said the order followed complaints from about 20 pilgrims, mostly females from Gwandu, Sakaba, Arewa and part of Jega.
He lamented that the victims boarded the plane for Saudi Arabia, without receiving their BTA.
Bagudu flayed the Hajj officials for their negligence, lack of concern and non-chalant attitudes towards the pilgrims.
“The governor has set up a four member committee made up of his Chief of Staff, ADC, CSO and Sani Dododo, to ensure that the issue is tackled,” he said.
Dakingari added that at about 2:30 yesterday morning, Airmax, the airline which was expected to airlift about 500 intending pilgrims to the holy land developed a technical problem. He said after three failed attempts to take off, the trip was aborted.