The Ghana Hajj Board has been hit by a scandal after one of its leading officials was accused of taking monies from prospective pilgrims, despite them not traveling to Mecca.
Starrfmonline.com reports that Zakaria Rahman, a member of the communications team of the Ghana Hajj Board, allegedly took huge sums from four women, promising to help them travel to Mecca.
The accused is reported to have collected a whopping Ghc 23,800 - GHc 11,800 each from two of the women - explaining that he will get them visas and flight tickets to Saudi Arabia to observe the Holy pilgrimage.
However, Rahman quickly vanished upon taking their money and only resurfaced after the Hajj had past.
He was subsequently reported to the Nima and Airport Police Stations by the two women.
The report further suggested that Rahman tried returning the monies to the women, but saw the cheques he issued bounced by the bank.
The accused, though, insisted he has paid Ghc 8,800 to the complainants, explaining that he will find ways to refund the full money back to the women.
“Yes, I’ve paid them and it’s left with just Gh¢2,500 to pay… there is cooperation with the police and I’ll definitely pay them,” Rahman is quoted as saying by Starrfmonline.com.
He further confessed that he took such a move on his own, saying the Board has no idea of the deal he had with the four women.
The Ghana Hajj Board is a body under the supervision of the vice president Mahamudu Bawumia, and it is believed that he has already initiated investigations into the matter.