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Sani Lulu, others in court on corruption charges

Posted: 7 September 2010 Time: 07:11

Former NFF President Sani Lulu Abdullahi and three others will go on trial on Tuesday on charges of corruption. 

Lulu is joined by former First Vice President Amanze Uchegbulam, former Executive Committee member Taiwo Ogunjobi and former Secretary General Bolaji Ojo-Oba.

Nigeria's anti -corruption body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have detained all four men in preparation for their arraignment on Tuesday.

EFCC spokesman Femi Babafemi said the suspects would appear before Abuja  Federal High Court Judge, Mr Justice D. Okorowa.

Among the charges brought against the quartet are:

• Payment of estacodes/allowances of $800,000 to 220 delegates to the World Cup in South Africa. Only 47 of which were authorised NFF officials

• mismanagement of N900million World Cup funds;

• purchase of over-inflated luxury buses for the Super Eagles;

• incurring a $125,000 fine in South Africa over a deal with Hampshire Hotel;

• mismanagement of $250,000 to charter a faulty aircraft for the Super Eagles from London to South Africa; and

• spending $400,000 for a friendly match between Colombia and Nigeria in London.

The officials were originally questioned on July 6 by the EFCC. 

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 07:31 am
GOD no day sleep, naiji is changing. Dis is what we want. Im HAPPY dis a gud development.
Anonymous
posted: 08:22 am
EFCC, how about the missing $125,000? and how about MAIGARI? I think he deserved to be arranged and question as well because he was the head of finance department during the LULU era, so I cant see how he wont be involved in all this financial mess. Anyway, kudos to EFCC and the Fed. government at least this will serve as a warning to other political office holder that they were meant to serve the people and not their pocket. This is a very good and welcomed development.
Anonymous
posted: 08:53 am
i think they should be silently murdered in their cells. millions of nigerians are suffering, starving,homeless and subjected to total hardship and this bloody idiots are all embezzling our money as if nigeria is their fathers property. we have been branded rougues, 419ers and criminals all over the world that you are even scared to tell people that you are a nigerian if you are living overseas.i wouldnt mind paying for these men to be killed. its time for revolution and change. we can still do it and make this country a better place with a good image.
Siemo (advise no be curse o)
Anonymous
posted: 09:23 am
MyGarri, should be the next accused after his brother Sani Lulu since he was his head of financial department
Apiripah
posted: 09:26 am
Truth is within ourselves but I wont say nothing until the end of this.There is no justice in Nigerian court,you wont believe how much that has gone into this judge bank account recently.The question is,EFCC have done their job,will court do their own job?
Anonymous
posted: 09:42 am
@Siemo - You are starting with the wrong people. Lulu and co. are just small fishes.
Anonymous
posted: 10:10 am
These people should go to jail. they have cost us so many fortunes so others will learn.
Nnaa.!
posted: 10:23 am
Am so delighted about this development, I hope the full weight of the law is brought upon them, if only to serve as a deterant to others with questionable intentions who would want to vie for positions in the Glass house in future. Nigerians are now wiser and should never be taken for a ride anymore. Maigari should also be brought in for questioning...am of the opinion that Lulu and co would want to shield him from this investigation so that they can benefit from him later...MAIGARI SHOULD ALSO BE ARRESTED AND ARRAIGNED IN COURT..!!
Katsina
posted: 10:56 am
If the charges filed on them r true,then they should go to jail so as it can serve as a deterrent to tohers.but i think ojo oba and ogunjobi are d most corrupt,so their case should be a different one,.may God help nigeria football,.
footballogy
posted: 11:44 am
I think Sanni Lulu is the most corrupt, moreover corruption is corruption, you can either be corrupt or not.
Guys just wait, fold your arms and watch how the whole drama plays out, My Garri will soon be arraigned; or better still he will be booted out!
blessedone
posted: 11:48 am
I THINK THERE IS A VERY BIG POINT TO MAKE HERE.I THINK THAT THIS PEOPLE ARE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE.THERE ARE IN TROUBLE WITH THE COURT FOR CONTEMT OF COURT. THERE ARE TO APPEAR IN COURT ON 24TH SEPT 2010. AGAIN THEY ARE ALSO IN MESS WITH NIGERIA'S ANTI CORRUPT BODY AND EFCC.

NOW THEY ARE GOING TO APPEAR IN COURT, WHICH PEOPLE IS GOING TO JUDGE THEM? HOPE IT WAS THE COURT THAT THEY USED ARMED POLICE MEN TO BLOCK WHEN THEY TRY TO SERVE COURT ORDER.

NEMESIS IS COMING IN HIGH RANGE. THEY FELT THAT GOD NEVER HEAR THE CRY OF NIGERIANS.

NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW OF THE LAND. LETS WATCH AND SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN.THIEFS IN THE GLASS HOUSE
Akwaowo
posted: 11:49 am
My fear is that after all the noise nothing will come out of all of this. They will be out on bail and they will use thier "loot" to pay some corruption-compliant lawyers (eespecially the SANs) and they will make the case to drag ad infinitum. Eventually we will get tired and forget all about it. If we are serious about stopping corruption, the courts must sit up. Lawyers that subvert the course of justice must be sanctioned. All recipients of illegally acquired funds must be treated as accomplices as well and made to face the law. In this case all the 173 people that illegally went to SA on Lulu's ticket should refund the "estacodes" and then face fines or jail terms. Then I will know that we are serious about changing our fortunes.
blessedone
posted: 11:53 am
@Apiripah: THEY MESSED WITH THE COURT AND REBUFF THE COURT ORDER SO NO WAY TO HIDE NEMESIS IS COMING TO THEM. I STRONGLY BELIVE THAT THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO REALLY WANT THE PROGRESS OF OUR FOOTBALL WHO ARE FOLLOWING THIS CASE WITH KEEN INTREST.VERY SOON YOU WILL HEAR ABOUT IT.
Anonymous
posted: 12:14 pm
I want to bring back the glory days - KESHI
Published: September 07, 2010

* Stephen Keshi has shown interest in coaching the national team again after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) declared the post vacant last week.

Keshi said he was ready to handle the Super Eagles if given the opportunity once again.

'The Big Boss' as he is fondly called, said he is ready to inject new ideas into Nigerian football, saying Nigeria is not taking her rightful place in the football world.

"We need to bring back our glory days in the area of football.

"Money is not everything and this will not drive us to runs Nigerian football but the most important thing is to bring back Nigeria's past glory.

Keshi revealed that Nigeria has not been doing well in the past while noting that the trend must change.

“This is not where we were in the past so there is need for development in terms of our football.

"We need to bring back that joy, that glory that we always experience in those days," Keshi concluded.
Anonymous
posted: 12:15 pm
SIASIA still interested in Eagles job
Published: September 07, 2010

* Samson Siasia has said that he is still interested in the Super Eagles coaching job but will only apply if the conditions set by the Nigeria Football Federation are okay with him.

''It is not what I can give now because it is a decision I have to really sit down to make. But the decision to apply or not will depend on the guideline set for those interested in the job. If the conditions are okay with me then I‘ll apply but I guess its best we wait and see the conditions first,'' Siasia stated.

Siasia, who led the Olympic Eagles to silver in Beijing, said that the NFF have to explain why he would be starting afresh.

''That is the question for them. They should be the one to explain why the process should start all over again. They, not me, are in the best position to explain why I reached that far and then will now have to start afresh with every other person.'
Anonymous
posted: 12:20 pm
So for my own understand KESHI want to help Nigeria bring back our sistem of football Why SIASIA still focusing in money matter.

So now we need KESHI or EGUAVOEN
Anonymous
posted: 12:20 pm
So for my own understand KESHI want to help Nigeria bring back our system of football Why SIASIA still focusing in money matter.

So now we need KESHI or EGUAVOEN
Akwaowo
posted: 12:27 pm
@Sarah, a man who knows his worth will not sell himself short. Siasia is the preferred candidate of a whole lot of Nigerians. If the guys in the NFF say they cannot pay him, but have enough money to take 220 people on a junket to SA during the WC, then should we accept anything less from them because of their mismanagement? Siasia's time is now!
westoden
posted: 12:29 pm
nemesis have finally caught up with them. from westoden
galanky
posted: 12:54 pm
Well, lets not raise our hopes now, this same EFCC are the same people who failed to arrest OBJ over fraud activities, these case will just go on air for a while after which no persecution will be made, they are all the same and are working hard in hard. Make una no forget say na nija we dey, anything can happen. How many top Government officials have they jailed so far over corruption in Nigeria? My brothers and sister, it is said that before you can take dirt out of people's eyes, first take the one's that are in your eyes out. EFFC are not pure, they are all criminals to my own personal judgement and opinion. A word is enough for the wise. I rest my case.
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