NFF president, Amaju Pinnick in fresh trouble over $8,400, N4bn fraud

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The Federal Government has slammed fresh four charges against the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Amaju Pinnick, and four other officers of the Federation for mismanaging some $8,400 belonging to the NFF.

The money was said to have been paid FIFA to the NFF as Nigeria’s appearance fees in the group state of the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

Pinnick and the four others were indicted by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property led by Mr Okoi Obono-Obla.

Aside from the FIFA funds, they were also accused of “moving dishonestly and intentionally the sum of about N4bn” belonging to the NFF without due process. The five are also guilty of failing to declare their assets.

The case, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/93/2019, filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, contained 17 counts.

The other defendants named in the case are the Secretary of the NFF, Sunusi Mohammed; the first Vice-President of the federation, Seyi Akinwumi; the second Vice-President, Shehu Dikko, and an executive member of the federation, Yusuff Fresh.

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The prosecution accused the defendants of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, theft, criminal misappropriation in respect of their handling of the $8,400 and N4bn belonging to the NFF,  which are contrary to and punishable under various provisions of the Penal Code (Cap 105) LFN.

The prosecution specifically accused Pinnick of appointing a company he had interest in, Financial Derivatives Limited, as a financial consultant to the NFF, contrary to Section 5 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

The SPIRPP said he was liable to be punished under sections 1(2) and 10(1)(a) of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) Act, 2004.

Dikko was accused of allowing Mediterranean Sports Limited to be appointed as a marketing agent to NFF in violation of the same provision of the same Act.”

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