Justice J.E. Iyang of Federal Excessive Court docket sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State on Friday Could eight, 2020 convicted and sentenced one Muhammad Halim Ogbobio, self-styled coordinator of Bayelsa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, to 28 years imprisonment.
The convict, who paraded himself because the coordinator of Muslim Pigrims Welfare Board from 2009-2012, was arraigned by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal workplace, on March 19, 2015 on a 5-count cost bordering on forgery and acquiring cash by false pretence to the tune of Twelve Million One Hundred and Thirty Naira (N12,130,000.00) in bogus hajj charges.
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The victims have been allegedly launched to the convict by one Adodo Yusuf Oristsegbubemi they usually paid him a complete of Twelve Million One Hundred and Thirty Naira (N12,130,000.00) for slots within the 2012 Hajj.
Trapped in Ogbobio’s fraudulent scheme, they may not make it to Saudi Arabia for the hajj train and all efforts to retrieve their cash failed.
One of many counts reads: “That you Muhammad Halim Ogbobio and others now at large on the 3rd day of September 2012 at Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of Six Million Seven Hundred Thousand Naira(N6,700,000.00) from one Ibrahim Abdullahi Paisa which said sum was paid into your Sky Bank account No. 1010839270 under the pretence that you are one of the Coordinators of 2012 Hajji Exercise, a pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under 1 (3)of the same Act”.