Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya of the FCT High Court Kubwa on Monday ordered a bench warrant for the arrest of one Haruna Gazau, who allegedly defrauded the Football College, Abuja to the tune of N20 million.
NAN reports that the college is a private organisation established as a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative by Orlean Invest Limited and is dedicated to developing young school-age boys with football talent, especially from financially-challenged backgrounds.
Ogbonnaya ordered the arrest of the defendant anywhere he is seen and ordered the sureties to show cause why the bail bond should not be forfeited.
She adjourned the matter until June 25 for hearing.
Gazau was docked on two counts of fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission bordering on fraud in February 2015.
The prosecutor, Fatima Gwaram, had told the court that she called the Defence Counsel over the phone and he informed her that he did not know the whereabout of the defendant.
Gwaram said it was obvious that the defendant had jumped bail, adding that he initially applied to the EFCC to enter a plea bargain but never showed up.
She therefore applied for the bail of the defendant to be revoked and a bench warrant issued against him.
The prosecutor further applied for the sureties to show cause why the bail bond should not be forfeited.
The defendant had allegedly with intent to defraud, induced Football College, Abuja through the Director, Usaini Garba, to make an advance payment of N20 million to him sometime in December, 2012 and January 9, 2013.
Gazau did so to facilitate the process of acquiring a parcel of land in Abuja from the Federal Capital Development Authority, Abuja, which was false.
The offence contravened Section 1 (1)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related offences Act 2006.