The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on March 19, 2015 arraigned Mohammed Ogbobio before Justice I. E Ekwo of the Federal High Court Yenagoa, Bayalsa State on a 5- count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of Fifteen Million Four Hundred and Ninety Five Thousand Naira (N15, 495,000.00).
He pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
Ogbobio allegedly posed as a member of the Bayelsa State Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board and deceived Maigoro Safyanu and Ibrahim Abdullahi, from whom he collected the money in question, under the pretence that it would be paid for the 2012 Hajj exercise. The trip, however, never materialized.
In view of his plea, the counsel to the EFCC, Shehu Usman, prayed the court for a date to present his witnesses for commencement of trial.
The case has been adjourned to May 11 and 12, 2015 for trial.