Judge JE Iyang of the Federal Supreme Court of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Friday, May 8, 2020, condemned and sentenced Muhammad Halim Ogbobio, coordinator of self-denomination of the Bayelsa State Muslim Pilgrim Council, to 28 years in prison.
The convict, who paraded as coordinator of the Social Assistance Council for Muslim Pigrims from 2009 to 2012, was denounced by the EFCC Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Port Harcourt Zonal office, on March 19, 2015, on a charge of five falsification charges. and to obtain money for false pretense in the amount of Twelve million one hundred and thirty-one Naira (N12,130,000.00) in false hajj rates.
The victims were allegedly introduced to the convict by an Adodo Yusuf Oristsegbubemi and paid him a total of Twelve million one hundred and thirty Naira (N12,130,000.00) for vacancies in the 2012 Hajj.
Trapped in the Ogbobio scam, they were unable to reach Saudi Arabia for the exercise of hajj and all efforts to recover their money failed.
One of the charges says: “That you Muhammad Halim Ogbobio and others now released on September 3, 2012 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, under the jurisdiction of this Court, with the intention of defrauding, obtained the sum of Six Million and Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N6,700,000.00) from an Ibrahim Abdullahi Paisa who said that the amount was paid into his Sky Bank account No. 1010839270 under the pretext that you are one of the Coordinators of the 2012 Hajji Exercise, an excuse that he knew was false and, therefore, committed an infraction contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Anticipated Law on Fraud and Other Offenses Related to the 2006 Law and punishable under 1 (3) of the same law ”.