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Bayelsa: Pilgrim Coordinator receives 28 years in prison for N12m scam

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A Federal Superior Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has sentenced and sentenced a certain Muhammad Halim Ogbobioto to 28 years in prison.

NewsLodgelearned that Ogbobioto is a self-appointed coordinator of the Bayelsa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board from 2009 to 2012.

It was also stated that the convicted person was processed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt zonal office on March 19, 2015.

EFCC spokesman Dele Oyewale, who said this in a statement in Abuja, added that the condemned man was prosecuted on a 5-count charge that borders on falsification and obtaining money with false pretenses in the amount of N12,130,000.00 in fees. false hajj.

Furthermore, it was explained that the victims were presented to the convict by Adodo Yusuf Oristsegbubemi and paid him a total of N12,130,000.00 for the slot machines in the 2012 Hajj.

Oyewale added: “Caught up in Ogbobio’s fraudulent scheme, they were unable to reach Saudi Arabia for the exercise of Hajj and all efforts to recover their money failed.”

One of the accounts says: “That you, Muhammad Halim Ogbobio and others now released on September 3, 2012 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, with the intention of defrauding obtained the sum of six million seven Hundred thousand naira (N6,700,000.00) of an Ibrahim Abdullahi Paisa that said amount was deposited into his Sky Bank account No. 1010839270 under the pretext that you are one of the Coordinators of Exercise 2012 Hajji, a pretext that he knew that was false and therefore committed an offense contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Anticipated Tariff Fraud and Other Offenses Act related to Fraud of 2006 and punishable under 1 (3) of the same Act “

But the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges, signaling the start of the full trial.

In his opinion, the President of the Supreme Court, J.E. Iyang, sentenced Ogbobio to seven years in prison each on charges 2, 3, 4 and 5.

It also ordered that the sentences be carried out simultaneously since March 19, 2015, the date on which he was tried before the Court, but was acquitted on the first charge.

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