Various desperate efforts to get a case by the anti-graft agency EFCC against three NFF officials for alleged theft of 3.4 billion Naira (or $9.5 million) thrown out has failed and it has now been adjourned to November 28 at the FCT High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja.
The three officials – Christopher Andekin, Rajan Zaka Jafaru Mamza – pleaded not guilty to the 5-count charge against them after they were finally brought before the court.
They have posted a bond of five million Naira each and have also surrendered their international passports.
Steve Odiase representing the EFCC confirmed the adjournment of the case to November 28.
“The case has been adjourned till November 28,” Odiase disclosed.
“The charges are mainly on the diversion of FIFA grant for the development of Nigeria football to personal accounts and that was not meant to be.
“This was between 2014 and 2015.
“This is a criminal case, it’s not a civil matter.”
He added, “We have a lot of petitions against the NFF and we will take them gradually.”
SCORENigeria further gathered that “everything was done under the earth” to make sure that this case did not see the light of the day as it promises to expose the top shots behind this crime.
“Everything was done humanly possible to make sure these officials were not arraigned, but it failed,” an official informed SCORENigeria
“Justice will be served and this case will expose the rut in the federation.”
According to civil service rules, Rajan Zaka, who is still in the employ of the NFF, will now have to be suspended pending the conclusion of this matter.