The 3 brothers were found to own siphoned off over 60,000 pounds given to the Sodje Sports Foundation (SSF).

 

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The Sodje brothers

 

Former skilled footballers Efe and Stephen Sodje, together with brother Bright, got jail sentences for fraud last year in the U.K.

The three brothers were found to own siphoned off over £60,000 given to the Sodje Sports Foundation (SSF).

They were jailed in September – Efe Sodje for eighteen months, Bright Sodje for twenty-one months, and Stephen Sodje for 2 years and 6 months – at the Central court in relevance the fraud.

Efe Sodje appeared for Nigeria in the 2000 African Cup of nations and also the 2002 World Cup, whereas Bright Sodje played professional rugby league and union in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Efe, Bright and Stephen Sodje established SSF in 2009 with the declared aim of serving to needy youngsters within the Niger Delta. The 3 brothers used their connections within football and business communities to secure support for their foundation and to present it a look of legitimacy.

Between 2011 and 2014 they defrauded many donors of a minimum of £63,000. NCA officers who investigated the SSF’s activities found donations usually ended up in personal bank accounts of members of the family.

Events over the 3 years, as well as charity soccer matches, raised funds but nothing reached any under-privileged or sick youngsters.

NCA deputy director Chris Farrimond said: “Bright, Efe, and Stephen Sodje promoted themselves as generous, community-minded, figures when they were knowingly defrauding those who thought they were serving to underprivileged youngsters in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Their brother, Akpo, 37, remains wanted in connection with the fraud. He fled the united kingdom during the investigation and a European arrest warrant has currently been issued.

Two other men were guilty in connection with the same offenses in Jan 2018.

Emmanuel Noel Oziegbi Ehikhamen was given a twelve-month suspended sentence, whereas Andrew Yulbrynner Oruma was jailed for four years in his absence after absconding from bail throughout the trial. An arrest warrant has been issued on him.

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