NFF President Amaju Pinnick

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

The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, that Andekin, who is the Director of Finance, as well as 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.

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

The trio in 2015 allegedly diverted money to the tune 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 alleged 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.