By Morakinyo Abodunrin
Former Vice President of Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF) Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam has urged sporting authorities to cease meddling within the day-to-day working of soccer.
Talking on the second anniversary of the landmark judgement by Justice Peter Olabisi Ige of the Federal Courtroom of Attraction on the alleged embezzlement of 2010 FIFA World Cup fund, Uchegbulam stated his acquittal together with the then NFF President Sani Lulu, Secretary Bolaji Ojo-Oba and late Taiwo Ogunjobi was a triumph of excellent over evil.
“The issue in our personal case, needed to do with Lulu and the so-called Presidential Activity Drive (PTF) set as much as oversee the 2010 World Cup they usually reportedly instructed then President Good luck Jonathan after our loss to Argentina that we embezzled about 900 Million USD from FIFA,” the previous Vice President of Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) Board of Attraction instructed NationSport.
“It was clearly unfaithful and actually, the NFF was utilizing its sponsorship fund to prosecute the World Cup when the allocation from authorities was not out there even after our third match in South Africa.
“In fact, they’ll’t defend such lies in court docket and later they alleged undue course of in procurement of two Marcoplo buses for the Tremendous Eagles however we confirmed in court docket the approval duly endorsed to the tender board by Dr. Patrick Ekeji who was our chief prosecutor.”
Although the court docket course of resulting in remaining acquittal by Justice Ige (on Could 8 2018) lasted nearly a decade, the Imo State Soccer Affiliation chairman stated he was completely happy that every one the 4 accused individuals have been alive to see that justice was properly served.
“ As an example, I received’t have been happier immediately if the late Taiwo Ogunjobi was not alive to see the tip of the trial,” he famous.“ I wish to use this chance, due to this fact, to recollect Ogunjobi and thank our colleagues and associates who morally supported us all through the trial.”