By Alex Enumah in Abuja
Justice Peter Affen of an Abuja Excessive Courtroom on Tuesday mounted December 16, 2019 for the workplace of the Legal professional Common of the Federation (AGF) to report on the harmonisation of instances filed towards some officers of the Nigerian Soccer Federation (NFF) within the alleged misappropriation of $9.5 million grant from the Federation of Worldwide Soccer Affiliation (FIFA).
Justice Affen on the final sitting had mounted October 22 for ruling within the utility filed by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) to incorporate Amaju Pinnick and Dr Mohammed Sanusi, President and Secretary-Common respectively of the NFF.
EFCC had dragged three officers of the NFF earlier than the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Excessive Courtroom over allegations of misappropriating the sum of $9.5 million grant obtained from FIFA earlier than making use of on April 30 to affix each Pinnick and Sanusi within the matter as co-defendants.
The three officers earlier arraigned are NFF Director of Administration and Finance, Christopher Andekin; Cashier, Reagan Zaka; and Head, Finance and Account Division, Fadanari Mamza.
They have been arraigned on a five-count legal cost bordering on legal conspiracy, breach of belief and misappropriation.
The EFCC alleged that they conspired between January eight and 26, 2015 to commit the offence, opposite to Part 97 of Penal Code.
Andekin was alleged to have been entrusted with the cash meant for the event of soccer in Nigeria, a grant from the world soccer physique, FIFA.
He was alleged to have fraudulently diverted $1.three million from the NFF domiciliary account with Zenith Financial institution, an act that’s opposite to Part 311 of the Penal Code.
Zaka, on his half, was mentioned to have fraudulently diverted $7.2 million from the FIFA grant, whereas Mamza was alleged of diverting $2.three million.
The defendants all pleaded not responsible to the fees.
On June 27, whereas adopting processes filed in help of the applying for joinder, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Steve Odiase, urged the courtroom to grant the applying.
In response to him, the cost filed by the federal government towards the primary and second defendants and each Pinnick and Sanusi on the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja was totally different from the one on the FCT Excessive Courtroom.
On his half, the counsel for the defendants, Festus Ukpe, whereas adopting the affidavits opposing the joinder, urged the courtroom to refuse the applying.
On the resumed listening to, Senior State Counsel, Federal Ministry of Justice, Abubakar Musa, informed the courtroom that the AGF needed all of the issues towards the defendants pending in numerous courts to be harmonised.
Musa prayed the courtroom that within the curiosity of justice and to keep away from abuse of courtroom processes, time needs to be given to them to harmonise the instances.
EFCC counsel, Mr Makinde Olufemi, informed the courtroom that they’re left with no possibility than to go together with the attainable date given.
Justice Affen then adjourned till December 16 for the AGF to report on the end result of the harmonisation.