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Umeh on cloud nine, as court dismisses EFCC’s N300m charge


Mike Umeh

Mike Umeh

Former Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chief Mike Umeh, at the weekend could not hide his excitement following the dismissal of a N300 million fraud charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2013.

The anti-graft body had dragged the football buff to court for alleged fraudulent receipt of N300 million belonging to Sokoto State government.

After a three-year legal battle, Justice Bello Abbas of the High Court of Sokoto State discharged and acquitted Umeh.

Abbas, in a judgment delivered on February 17, held that the prosecution failed to prove its case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt as required by law.

Umeh, in a statement made available to The Guardian, said: “I thank God that I have been discharged and acquitted. God knows that my hands are clean and that I am innocent. I thank the judiciary for giving me justice. I also want to thank my family members and friends who stood by me with their prayers in the last three years.”

The NFF former acting president stressed that he has never involved himself in any illegal activity, adding that he would continue to contribute his quota to the development of Nigerian football.

Umeh, who was the team manager of the then Green Eagles in the days of Dutch coach, Clemence Westerhof, is seeking re-election as Anambra State FA chairman.

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