Ex-football bosses have graft case to answer
From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a “no-case-submission” filed by Sani Lulu, former President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), in the corruption charge brought against him and three others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Lulu was implicated alongside Amanze Uchegbulam, a former first vice president of NFF; Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, a former executive committee member and NFF former secretary-general, Bolaji Ojo-Oba.
Arraigned on September 6, 2010, the quartet were accused of allegedly misappropriating over N1.5billion released by the Federal Government to the NFF without giving proper accounts of how the money was spent during the South Africa 2010 World Cup.
They are accused of siphoning vast amounts for the World Cup.
The allegedly misappropriated about $125 000 through shoddy hotel bookings in, $250 000 lost as a result of booking the wrong airline for the trip, $400 000 allegedly expended on the Nigeria/Colombia friendly match while $236 000 is said to have vanished from the coffers of the Glass House in
Lulu and his co-accused among other things, were also accused of flouting due process in the purchase of two Marcopolo buses for the national teams as well as sharing of N185 million amongst state chairmen of the Nigerian Football Association (NFA), in their futile bid to frustrate their ouster from the football house.
The accused have since their arraignment employed all means known to law to frustrate their trial as they jointly filed a “no case submission” through their lawyers, but was strongly opposed by counsel to EFCC, Titus Ashaolu.
Justice Chukwu has adjourned the case to March 9 for the accused persons to open their defence.
– CAJ News
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