The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said that a suspected terrorist on the wanted list of security agencies, Babangida Baba Salihu, was not one of its staff. Salihu and others, now on the run, were declared wanted in connection with the January 19 attack on Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ado Bayero during which six persons were killed.
In a statement signed and delivered by NAHCON’s Head of Media, Malam Uba Mana, the commission said: “No staff of the commission, serving or retired, since its inception in 2007 and even back in the days of the Department of Pilgrims’ Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs bears that name.
Recovered after a thorough search at the suspect’s hideout by the police, was a ‘passport attachment’ that indicated that the said suspect was a 2010 pilgrim from Jigawa State. The passport attachment had the inscription of NAHCON and based on that the suspect was presumed to be a staff of the commission. “But the assumption was definitely erroneous. Passport attachment is simply a document that shows services rendered to a pilgrim in Saudi Arabia and is carried by every pilgrim.