Nigeria corruption case adjourned


LAGOS, September 9 – The corruption case brought against four former officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been adjourned until October 5.Justice Donatus Okorowa of the Abuja Federal High Court also disclosed that his officials have begun a verification of the documents of sureties produced by the four defendants for bail.

Former NFF president Sani Lulu, vice-president Amanze Uchegbulam, secretary-general, Bolaji Ojo-Oba and chairman of the NFF technical committee, Taiwo Ogunjobi, have been handed a 10-count charge for corruption.

The charges were brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the country’s anti-graft agency.

The charges against the officials include mismanaging a World Cup budget of 900 million naira (about 6 million US dollars) and paying out allowances to unauthorised officials totalling over 800,000 US dollars.

The officials will also answer to charges of incurring a fine for a last-minute change of a World Cup training base for the national team and forking out 400,000 US dollars to stage a friendly against Colombia in London before the World Cup.

Nigeria bowed out of the World Cup after the first round.

The officials were first quizzed by EFCC in July. They have been in detention since Monday.