Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad, the Executive Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria(NAHCON), has inaugurated a 10-man Central Security Monitoring Committee for 2019 Hajj operation.
NAHCON Head of Public Affairs, Mrs Fatima Usara made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Usara explained that members of the committee were drawn from the security and other agencies -National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Department of State Security Service (DSS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Others are Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and Special Services Department of the Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) among others.
Usara said that members of the committee have been tasked with the burden of managing security matters in all aspects of the 2019 Hajj beginning from local fronts onward to foreign domain.
She also said that the committee is charged to be proactive, watching out for preventive strategies rather than postmortem analysis of unfortunate occurrences.
“Particularly, their attention shall be drawn to drug related as well as human trafficking felons waiting to take advantage of the pilgrimage period to carry out their heinous trades.
“Generally, they are expected to gather intelligence reports that will guide the commission even in its future plans,” she said.
Usara said that the ultimate objective of the team is to carry out missions that would translate to safety of Nigerian pilgrims from the moment they set out to the airports, to the period of their stay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia until they return to Nigeria.
“You are urged to look out for miscreants exploiting naive Nigerian pilgrims during Hajj seasons,” she said.