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$9.5m FIFA grant: Court fixes Dec 16 for AGF report on charges harmonization

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An FCT High Court, Maitama has fixed December 16 for the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to report on the harmonisation of the cases against some officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in the alleged misappropriation of 9.5 million dollars FIFA grant.

Justice Peter Affen had earlier fixed yesterday for ruling in the application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which sought to join the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and Secretary-General, Dr Mohammed Sanusi to the charge before the court.

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However, at the resumed hearing yesterday, Abubakar Musa, senior state counsel from the Federal Ministry of Justice told the court that the AGF want 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 judge thereafter adjourned until December 16 for the AGF to report on the outcome of the harmonisation

The EFCC had dragged three NFF officials before the court in an alleged 9.5 million dollars FIFA grant misappropriation before applying on April 30 to join both Pinnick and Sanusi in the matter as co-defendants.

Those being tried earlier are Christopher Andekin, NFF Director of Administration and Finance; Reagan Zaka, Cashier and Fadanari Mamza, Head, Finance and Account Department.

Andekin was alleged to have fraudulently diverted 1.3 million dollars from the NFF domiciliary account with Zenith Bank.

Zaka, on his part, was said to have fraudulently diverted 7.2 million dollars from the FIFA grant, while Mamza was alleged of diverting 2.3million dollars.

The defendants all pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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