Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday dragged three finance officials of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to an FCT High Court at Maitama, foobtalllive.ng gathered.
The NFF officials, Christopher Andekin (Director of Administration and Finance), Reagan Zaka (Cashier) and Fadanari Mamza (Head, Finance and Account Department) are accused of mishandling $9.5m and $1.3 m.
They have been charged by EFCC on a five-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and misappropriation of funds.
The prosecutor, Steve Odiase told the court that the three defendants conspired between January 8 and 26, 2015 to commit the offences, contrary to Section 97 of Penal Code.
Odiase also alleged that Andekin was entrusted with a grant from the world body, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), which he said was money meant for development of football in Nigeria.
He alleged that Andekin diverted $1.3m from NFF’s domiciliary account with Zenith Bank, contrary to section 311 of the Penal Code.
He further alleged that Zaka diverted a $7.2m grant from FIFA, that was also meant for development of football in Nigeria, while also stating that Mamza did same to $2.3m.
The defendants all pleaded not guilty to the charges, and their counsel, Arinze Egbo applied for their bail.
The Judge, Justice Peter Affen upheld the administrative bail granted to them earlier by the EFCC.
In addition, he ordered that the sureties should sign bond with registrar of the court, and all defendants should deposit international passports; then adjourned until November 27 for commencement of trial.