By Kunle Adedoyin
The Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the order on Monday following the failure of Pinnick to appear in court in a matter brought against him.
The court ruled that Pinnick and his co-accused must be arraigned at the next adjourned date on September 26.
Pinnick and his co-defendants are facing a 17-count charge for the alleged offence, including diverting $8.4 million paid by the world football governing body, FIFA, ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The defendants were also accused of using dubious programmes including the organisation of fake matches which resulted in the fraudulent use of funds meant for the football association.
Pinnick, who is also a vice president of the Confederation of African Football, is believed to be at the ongoing African Nations Cup in Egypt.