Alleged EFCC invitation: Ex-NAHCON boss threatens legal action over ‘malicious’ report 


 The immediate past chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) , Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, has condemned as a tissue of lies a recent online publication accusing him of gross abuse of office.

He also disclosed that he was never grilled by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Monday,, February 26 as reported and threatened legal action for what he described as malicious.

 Hassan in a statement issued by his media aide, Shakirudeen Bankole, Friday, said at no time was he invited by the anti-graft agency for questioning on allegations of corruption or any related offence. 

 While acknowledging that officials of the agency examined the books of the commission when he was still in office, he said NAHCON’s relevant officials provided all answers to the queries raised by the EFCC operatives.

  “On my honour as a Muslim and a decent family man, I make bold to say that not for once did the EFCC operatives on an investigation mission at NAHCON consider it necessary to query me. You can’t find any evidence of my interface with contractors or running any financial transaction in place of the relevant officials.

 “If they run their checks ten times more, the result will remain the same, that is, I don’t meddle with specialized responsibilities being a responsible professional myself,” he said.

 Assuring the Muslim Ummah and the general public of his untainted record while in office, Hassan promised that his team of lawyers would soon seek redress against the publishers of the online portal for “indulging in reckless falsehood bereft of any iota of truth”.

 Regarding the recent reception held in his honour by The Companion Muslim group, Hassan further noted that it was mischievous for the so-called news portal to celebrate the absence of certain individuals and officials.

 According to him, although he is a member of The Companion, he too was invited to the reception like the rest of the guests even as it was dedicated to honouring him for being their worthy ambassador.

“It may well interest those insinuating their biases in the guest selection that The Companion ranks beyond their pettiness. We’re talking about a reputable association of high-profile professionals and decent businessmen with the best ratings around the world.  They know what is best for whatever design they have.  It is not for some idlers to volunteer unsolicited trifles”, Hassan added.