BY JUDE OPARA:
As Nigerians continue to await the final outcome of the court case on the missing Super Eagles $236,000 dollars from the coffers of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) last year, the Abuja Magistrate Court which is handling the case yesterday relocated to the football house ostensibly to have on the spot assessment of the scene of the crime.
The court presided over by Magistrate Sunday Ochimana arrived at the NFF headquarters at about mid-day but left about 4pm in an NFF Hiace bus with registration number; NSC FG 39F02.
Champion Sports gathered that some principal officers of the football house were on hand to testify as well as all the accused staff including those already released on bail.
However, it was also gathered that the Prosecution Witness Two, Misbau Kayode was absent from the sitting , a development that was said to have highly infuriated the Magistrate because he was served with the notice that the court will be sitting at the NFF on the said day.
Briefing journalists shortly after the court left, the Secretary General of the NFF, Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba said it was a normal routine for the court to visit the very scene where the crime was committed to help them in their final judgment.
The scribe, who was not interested in giving out much information about the visit referred anybody who wanted to know anything about it to the legal department, saying the matter is already in court which means he will not talk much.
However, he revealed that the court may be returning to the secretariat on a later date probably to continue with its investigation ahead of the judgment expected to come in no distant time.
It will be recalled that the Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC) Dr. Patrick Ekeji had warned that the culprits who actually stole the money will not go unpunished, even as he revealed that the Federal Government white Paper on the matter will be made public very soon.
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