The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has revisited its N99 million case against the former chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Sani Lulu Abdullahi, and three other board members charged with conspiracy and breach of due process which is in contravention of the Public Procurement Act.
Abdullahi, alongside Amanze Uchegbulam, Bolaji Ojo-Oba and Taiwo Ogunjobi were first arraigned in October, 2010 on a 10 count charge of conspiracy and breach of due process.
At the resumed hearing of thecase before Justice E.S Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday, an operative of the EFCC, Adeniyi Adebayo, 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 testified that the contract for the purchase of the two buses was awarded to Ekene Dili Chukwu through direct procurement option at the cost of N99million.
He stated that the National Sports Commission, NSC, like every other ministry sets threshold for its agencies and that for a committee to go beyond the threshold, it has to revert to the supervising body.
Adebayo further told the court that the accused persons, instead of reverting to NSC for approval after the contract with Ekene Dili Chukwu which exceeded the N20 million threshold 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 Mercedez Benz Marcopolo buses as stipulated in the contract agreement, supplied two Iriza buses which were. Healer and of inferior quality.
The two Iriza buses, he said, also lacked some essential parts which had to be replaced.
The offence committed is contrary to and punishable under S. 518 (1) and (7) of the Criminal Code Act cap. C., 28 Laws of the Federation, 2004.
After listening to the witness, Justice Chukwu adjourned the case to May 7, 2014 for continuation of trial.