Saudi Arabia sentences Nigerian pilgrim to 3 months in prison, bans him from entering Makkah for 5 years
- Saudi Arabia has sentenced Nigerian pilgrim to three months in prison
- The accused, Mamman Kwakwazo was sentenced for claiming a purse he found at the Holy Mosque in Makkah
- Saudi authority also banned him from entering Makkah for five years
A Sharia Court in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, has sentenced a pilgrim from Goronyo Local Government of Sokoto state, Mamman Kwakwazo, to three months in prison for claiming a purse he found at the Holy Mosque in Makkah.
Premium Times reports that the incident occurred at the Holy Mosque in Makkah, on Friday September 8.
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NAIJ.com gathered that the Secretary of Goronyo LGA, Lawal Yar-tsakuwa, while confirming the sentence said the pilgrim “found a white pilgrim’s missing waist purse inside the Grand mosque on that fateful day (Friday).”
“It was also said that Mamman Kwakwazo reportedly refused to give back the purse to the owner who was said to have seen it with him immediately he (the owner) lost it. A hot argument was said to have ensued between them. Later they reported the matter to the Saudi security agents and he was immediately arrested.
“He was consequently detained at a police outpost at the Holy Mosque and was arraigned the following Saturday,” he said.
According to the Secretary, the convicted pilgrim, who was not having any identification, was later brought to Sokoto pilgrims’ accommodation where he was confirmed to be a pilgrim.
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“The convicted pilgrim has been barred from entering Saudi Arabia for the next five years,” Mr. Yarkasuwa added.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that reports from Makkah, Saudi Arabia revealed that more Nigerian pilgrims took to defrauding their compatriots while on pilgrimage to the Muslim holy land.
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