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Former Super Eagles player, Efetobore Sodje, and three of his brothers, Bright, 50; Samuel, 37; and Stephen, 42; have been indicted for fraud in England.
According to a statement posted on the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) website on Saturday, Sodje and his brothers were arrested on July 13 and were subsequently released on bail.
On Friday they were formally charged and are set to appear at the Westminster Magistrates Court on November 16 to answer charges related to “fraudulent trading.”
According to the NCA, they were arrested after a three-year investigation into “alleged irregularities at the Sodje Sports Foundation”.
The Sodje Sports Foundation was registered on March 1, 2010 and was disbanded on January 22, 2015. It has a motley of clearly unrelated aims, according to its record posted on the website of the UK Charity Commission.
Some of its stated aims were to relieve poverty, advance good health in people through the provision of facilities in playing amateur sports and the promotion of lifelong learning, leadership skills and health issues such as HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, and nutrition.
It also claimed to be focused on dealing with human rights violations such as “discrimination, equality and diversity issues (whether relating to race, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or religion).”