Court adjourns over fraud case against former NFF chiefs


Former president of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Sani Lulu and three others accused of mismanaging N1.3 billion while in office will have to wait a little bit longer as they attempt to clear their names of the allegations against them.

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday fixed November 15 to determine the no-case-submission filed by the accused individuals which also includes Amanze Uchegbulam, a former first vice president, Taiwo Ogunjobi, a former executive committee member and NFF former secretary-general, Bolaji Ojo-Oba.

The accused persons had earlier lost in their bid to get the Court of Appeal to quash the charges.

Part of the charges against the quartet include alleged unauthorised payment of estacodes/allowances of $800,000 to 220 delegates to the World Cup in South Africa as against 47 delegates approved for the trip.

They are also accused of mismanaging N900 million World Cup funds belonging to the NFF, purchase of luxury buses for the Super Eagles at over-inflated prices and incurring a $125,000 fine in South Africa over a botched deal with a hotel.

At the resumed hearing, counsel to the accused persons, Sunday Ameh, announced to the court on the pending motion of no-case-submission.

The Judge, Evon Chukwu, ordered all the parties to file written addresses on the matter for onward presentation at a later date.

“Having agreed on the date to appear next in court, the matter is hereby adjourned till November 15 for the adoption of your written addresses,” he said

“My Lord, my clients have filed a joint no-case-submission on about three grounds why they should not stand this trial.

“We have duly served the prosecution team and some responses received from them.

“We will be glad if the court allows us to move the motion with the hope of getting this case behind us,” he said.