A Sharia Court in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, has sentenced a pilgrim from Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State, Alhaji Mamman Lugga Kwakwazo, to three months in prison for claiming ownership of a purse he found at the Holy Mosque in Makkah.
The Renaissance Correspondent in Makkah quoted the Secretary of the local government, Alhaji Lawal Dalhatu ‘Yar-tsakuwa, as saying in Makkah on Tuesday.
According to Yar-tsakuwa, the incident occurred at the Holy Mosque in Makkah on Friday.
”He was said to have found a white pilgrim’s purse, known as kwagiri, at the Kaaba on the fateful day.
”AlKwakwazo was also allegedly refused to return the purse to the owner, who was said to have sited it in his hands.
”A hot argument ensued between them following which the matter was reported to the Saudi security agents.
”The pilgrim was immeditely arrested and detained at a police outpost at the Holy Mosque.
”He was arraigned on Saturday and sentenced to three months imprisonment, ” Yar-tsakuwa said.
According to the Secretary, the accused, who did not carry pilgrims’ identification, was later brought to the hotel where Sokoto pilgrims were lodged, where he was confirmed to be a pilgrim.
Apart from the jail term, the pilgrim has also been barred from entering Saudi Arabia for the next five years.