- The around 30 pilgrims were excited at the prospect of travelling to Mecca.
- They were left stranded in Eastleigh after the agent disappeared having received over Sh12 million from them.
- Mr Abdi did not submit a list of names, payments or passports of prospective pilgrims for the 2019 Hajj.
Some Muslim pilgrims who were to travel to Hajj in Saudi Arabia have lost over Sh12 million to a Nairobi-based agent.
The around 30 pilgrims were excited at the prospect of travelling to Mecca but, to their dismay, they were left stranded in Eastleigh, Nairobi after the agency and person responsible for their travel arrangements received over Sh12 million and then disappeared.
According to a statement by the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (Supkem), Mr Nur Hassan Abdi, a hajj agent operating under the business name Ithaf Hajj and Umra Agency, allegedly received the cash from a number of prospective pilgrims for the 2019 hajj in Saudi Arabia but did not fulfil his obligations.
ON THE RUN
He is alleged to be on the run with the victims’ passports after being paid between Sh350,000 and Sh400,000 by each individual.
Ibrahim Mohammed, who is one of the victims, said the man approached him at his home saying he runs a registered agency that takes people to hajj.
“At first I did not believe him so later on it emerged that he did not approach me alone. He was going door to door asking people if they will be willing to go to Hajj this year through his agency,” explained Mr Mohammed.
He added that he deposited Sh600,000 to the agency’s account and waited for the day of travelling to Saudi Arabia but the agent was nowhere to be found.
“The day for travelling came, we were ready but the man who approached us was missing and had already received some money from many people,” said Mr Mohammed.
Meanwhile, as Mr Mohammed was busy waiting for the man to show up, another victim, Mohammed Amin who had also paid Mr Abdi Sh800,000 surfaced.