Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), eggheads Sani Lulu Abdullahi, Amanze Uchegbulam, Taiwo Ogunjobi and Bolaji Ojo-Oba cry for justice over the corruption charges leveled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), following the inability of courts to rule on the matter yesterday.
The case which has been on since July 2010 was adjourned to yesterday, January 20, 2015 by Justice E.S. Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja for ruling, but the ongoing strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) stalled the ruling. All the courts across the federation are currently under lock and key following the indefinite strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, since January 5.
The quartet, who is facing trials from misappropriation of funds, would now have to wait further till when the judicial workers call off their strike. Justice Chukwu-led court was to decide yesterday if it would accept the statement made by the prosecuting witness and former director general of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Chief Patrick Ekeji at the EFCC four years ago as evidence.
The EFCC counsel, Titus Ashaolu (SAN) had on December 17, 2014, asked the court to admit the statement made by Ekeji when he was the DG of NSC as evidence against the accused persons, stating that it is very important to the case.
But Sunday Ameh (SAN) leading other counsels to the accused persons insisted that Patrick Ekeji’s statement should not be admitted as evidence because the counsel to the EFCC said it would be used against the accused persons. Ameh insisted that the former NSC boss who was present in court and standing under oath should make his statement orally. The Judge had to adjourn the case to January 20 2015 to enable him rule on the matter.
The former NFF chieftains are standing trial on an eight count charges ranging from misappropriation of 2010 World cup funds, purchase of two marcopolo buses without following due process, distribution of World Cup tickets, paying estacodes allowances to 220 Nigerians that went to watch the 2010 World cup in South Africa among others.
Lulu who is been accused of misappropriation of N2 billion, had maintained that he left N2.8 billion in NFF coffers when he was forced out of office on 2 June,2010.