An FCT High Court in Maitama, Abuja on Tuesday fixed December 16 for the office of the Attorney General of the Federation to report on the harmonisation of the cases against some Nigeria Football Federation officials in the alleged misappropriation of a $9.5 million grant from world’s football governing body, FIFA.
Justice Peter Affen had earlier fixed October 22 for ruling in the application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to join the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, and Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi
The EFCC dragged three officials of Federation before the court in an alleged $9.5 million FIFA grant misappropriation before applying on April 30 to join both Pinnick and Sanusi in the matter as co-defendants.
Those being tried earlier were Christopher Andekin, NFF Director of Administration and Finance; Reagan Zaka, Cashier; and Fadanari Mamza, Head, Finance and Account Department.
The EFCC charged the defendants with five counts bordering on criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and misappropriation.
The EFCC alleged that they conspired between January 8 and 26, 2015 to commit the offence, contrary to Section 97 of Penal Code.
Andekin was alleged to have been entrusted with money meant for the development of football in Nigeria, a grant from the world football body.
He was alleged to have fraudulently diverted $1.3 million from the NFF domiciliary account with Zenith Bank Plc, an act that is contrary to Section 311 of the Penal Code.
Zaka, on his part, was said to have fraudulently diverted $7.2 million rom the FIFA grant, while Mamza was accused of diverting $2.3 million.
The defendants all pleaded not guilty to the charge.
On June 27, while adopting processes filed in support of the application for joinder, the prosecuting counsel, Steve Odiase, urged the court to grant the application.
According to Odiase, the charge filed by the government against the first, second defendants and both Pinnick and Sanusi at the Federal High Court in Abuja was different from the one at the FCT High Court.
On his part, counsel for the defendants, Festus Ukpe, while adopting affidavits opposing the joinder, urged the court to refuse the application.
At the resumed hearing, Abubakar Musa, senior state counsel, Federation Ministry of Justice, told the court that the Attorney General of the Federation wants all the matters against the defendants pending in different courts to be harmonised.
Musa prayed the court that in the interest of justice and to avoid abuse of Court processes that time should be given to them to harmonise the cases.
The EFCC counsel, Makinde Olufemi, told the court that they are left with no option than to go with the possible date given.
Justice Affen then adjourned until December 16 for the AGF to report on the outcome of the harmonisation.