Saudi Arabia sentences Nigerian pilgrim to three months in prison

Nigerian pilgrims in Arafat
Nigerian pilgrims in Arafat

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.

The incident occurred at the Holy Mosque in Makkah, on Friday.

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.

“The convicted pilgrim has been barred from entering Saudi Arabia for the next five years,” Mr. Yarkasuwa added.


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  • PolyGon2013

    He was lucky he was not beheaded.

    • Afo

      How hypocritical these people can be. That is stealing and even very terrible to have been committed during their religious outing. That would have attracted dead sentence according to their beliefs and not a pat on the back sentence of 3 months imprisonment.

  • galaxy

    religious but godless!!!. it runs thru the blood of a lot of people in nigeria

  • Frank Bassey

    This is stealing. The Nigerian man must have done this after throwing stone at the Devil! Hahahah!

  • Damilare Ajani

    Hello must have thought he is still in Nigeria, country of anything goes. Look how quickly he was sentenced, it would have taken Nigeria judiciary at least five years to deliver judgement.

    • sola

      Well, u are right but I want you to know that the delay is not always from the “judiciary ” but his lawyer in case he has one..and d law says whatever application his lawyer may have, d court will have to hear it.and this can take time.

    • bayo adenekan

      It is WELL with our country…nigeria

  • JasV

    But why was his hand not cut? Why was the mouth he used to claim the purse not disfigured with stones? Na which kain sharia dem de praktis for dis saudi sef?

    • Waandu

      In common law, is the punishment for murder and manslaughter the same? Sharia is more sophisticated than you think; it recognises the difference between theft and failing to return what was found. Enjoy your laugh which is powered by ignorance.

  • bayo adenekan

    That’s how dirty most of nigerians minds are,imagine a worshiper in holy land that had gone to ask forgivness,the man would now says it was DEVIL

  • tsunami1earthquake

    The punishment is quite light. This thief thought he was in his enclave where people like him had been taught to think they own Nigeria. He has carried this mentality to Saudi Arabia that has zero tolerance for crimes. He should have been given 10 years jail minimum and barred from Saudi Arabia for life. As we can see, this person did not go to Saudi Arabia for any spiritual reason. So why must he be allowed again in Saudi Arabia? A lesson to other Nigerians of his ilk.