The much anticipated ruling on the corruption charges against former President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF Sani Lulu Abdullahi and his Lieutenants, Taiwo Ogunjabi, Amanze Uchegbulam and Bolaji Ojo-Oba was yesterday frustrated by the registrar whom the judge, Justice Evoh Chukwu told the court gave him the case file only ten minutes to the sitting.
The ruling which was earlier slated for November 15 was rescheduled for yesterday, but when the Court resumed sitting, Justice Chukwu stunned those who expected the case to be delivered that he was not in the position to give ruling on the “no case” submission by the defendants counsels.
Members of the public and Journalists who besieged Court Eight of the Federal High Court, Abuja left the Court disappointed as they suspected foul play in a bid to frustrate the case and the accused.
Justice Chukwu told the court that, “I am not in the position to make any ruling on this case today [yesterday] or give judgment on it because my registrar gave me the case file barely 10 minutes ago. I need enough time therefore to study it before I can give my ruling.”
After consulting the various counsels to both parties, the case which has lingered for almost six years was adjourned to February 16, 2016 for ruling.
Counsel to Sani Lulu Abdullahi, Chief Sunday Ameh (SAN) had on October 8 filed a motion of no-case-submission of which the two parties, Counsels to EFCC and Lulu agreed.
Ameh told the court in October, “My Lord, my clients have filed a joint no-case-submission on about three grounds why they should not stand this trial. “We have duly served the prosecution team and some responses received from them. We will be glad if the court allows us to move the motion with the hope of getting this case behind us.’’
However, the move was immediately countered by the prosecution counsel, Mr Titus Ashaolu (SAN) who cited some unresolved variables. According to him, the prosecution was yet to respond to all the matters raised in the motion by the defence counsel, Justice Chukwu, had ordered all the parties to file written addresses on the matter for onward presentation which they did. At the last hearing in Abuja on November 5, the three counsels to the accused persons prayed the court to dismiss the case brought against their clients by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2010.
Sunday Ameh (SAN), counsel Lulu, said: “my Lord, based on our documents and arguments on the no-case-submission filed, I plead on the court to grant the request of no-case-to-answer for his client. “
Akin Olujimi (SAN), counsel to Uchegbulam and Ogunjobi also prayed the court to dismiss the case on lack of evidence against his clients.

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