Football administrators, Bolaji Ojp Oba and Taiwo Ogunjobi have been docked for stealing.
This development is the offshoot of investigation by anti corruption agency, E.F.C.C.
Here is full report of their transgression and on going consequence.
'The trial of Sani Lulu Abdullahi, former chairman and three other
Board members of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, continued on
April 3, 2014, before Justice E.S Chukwu of the Federal High Court,
Abdulllahi is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, alongside Amanze Uchegbulam, Bolaji Ojo-Oba and Taiwo
Ogunjobi for offences bordering on conspiracy and breach of due process
which is in contravention of the Public Procurement Act.
At the resumed hearing of the case, an operative of the EFCC, Adeniyi
Adebayo, while being cross examined by Akin Olujimi, SAN, counsel to
the 2nd and 3rd accused persons, told the court that the accused persons
breached due process in the purchase of two Marcopolo buses as approved
by the National Sports Commission.
Adebayo had earlier told the court that contract for the purchase of
the 2 buses was awarded to Ekene Dili Chukwu through ‘Direct procurement
Option’ at the rate of N99m (ninety nine million naira). He stated
that, the National Sports Commission, NSC like every other ministry sets
threshold for its agencies. “The threshold was N20m (twenty million
naira) and for a committee to go beyond the threshold, it has to revert
to the supervising body,” he told the court.
Adebayo further told the court that the accused persons, instead of
reverting to NSC for approval after the contract with Ekene Dili Chukwu
was terminated, unilaterally re-awarded the contract to another company,
CNBC Nigeria Limited for the same sum of N99m.
The witness further stated that CNBC Nigeria Limited rather than
supply the two Marcopolo buses as stipulated in the contract agreement,
supplied two Iriza buses which were of inferior quality. The two Iriza
buses supplied, according to him, lacked some essential parts which had
to be replaced.
After listening to the witness, Justice Chukwu adjourned the case to May 7, 2014, for continuation of trial.
The former NFF top officials who are facing a 10 count charge
bordering on conspiracy and breach of due process were first arraigned
in October, 2010.
Count one of the charge reads; “That you Sani Lulu Abdullahi (M),
Amanze Uchegbulam (M), Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba (M) and Taiwo Ogunjobi (M) on
or about the month of February 2009, in the office of the Nigeria
Football Federation in Abuja, within the Abuja Judicial Division of the
Federal High Court, while being Board members of the Nigeria Football
Federation, conspired to commit an offence of felony to wit: refusing to
follow due process by not requesting for suppliers, but rather without
legal justification opted for emergency procurement procedure in the
procurement of 2 numbers Mercedes-Bens Iriza buses and thereby committed
an offence contrary to and punishable under S. 518 (1) and (7) of the
Criminal Code Act cap. C., 28 Laws of the Federation, 2004”.'