EFCC to arraign NFF director for N3.4bn FIFA fund fraud

EFCC to arraign NFF director for N3.4bn FIFA fund fraud

October 18 has been fixed by a Federal Capital Territory High Court for the arraignment of a Director in the Nigeria Football Federation, Christopher Andekin, and two other officials who were accused of committing fraud to the tune of $9.5m (N3.4bn).

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, that Andekin, who is the Director of Finance, along with the cashier, Rajan Zaka, and the Head, Finance and Accounts, Jafaru Mamza, were supposed to have been arraigned on Monday on five counts of fraud.

According to The Punch, the arraignment could not hold because their counsel said he had just been served with the charge sheet and so asked for more time to study the charges.

The trio in 2015 purportedly diverted money in the sum of $9,535,923.87 belonging to the federation to personal use. The money was a grant given by the Federation of International Football Association, for the development of football in Nigeria.

It is also claimed that Andekin fraudulently diverted N1, 353,407.22 from the domiciliary account of the NFF domiciled in one of the new generation banks, without due process.

Particulars of one of the counts read, “That you, Christopher Andekin, being the Director of Admin and Finance of the Nigeria Football Federation on or about 8th day of January to 26th day of January 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja while being entrusted with dominion over money meant for the development of football in Nigeria, a grant from the Federation of International Football Association to NFF fraudulently, diverted the sum of N1,353,407.22 from the NFF domiciliary account No. 5070407456 with the Zenith Bank into your personal use and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 311 of the Penal Code Cap 532 LFN 1990 and punishable under Section 312 of the same Code.”

Another count read, “That you, Rajan Zaka, being a cashier with the Nigeria Football Federation in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja while being entrusted with dominion over money meant for the development of football in Nigeria, a grant from the Federation of International Football Association to NFF fraudulently, diverted the sum of $6,490,900.48 from the NFF domiciliary account No. 5070407456 with the Zenith Bank into your personal use and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 311 of the Penal Code Cap 532 LFN 1990 and punishable under Section 312 of the same Code.”

Justice Affem asked the parties to appear on October 18 for the arraignment.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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