The Glass House is in shock following President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive for the prosecution of Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), over a slew of corruption allegations levelled against him which are in the billions of Naira.
The order to prosecute Pinnick came at the heels of an investigative report presented to President Buhari by the panel headed by Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla,(below) which also placed Pinnick on an immediate travel ban.
As if that was not enough, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission also submitted a follow-up report on the NFF to the President. Sadly it seems to match the results revealed in the Okoi Obono-Obla report.
The EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu also revealed that the anti-graft agency had also started prosecution against many NFF bigwigs. They include:
* Director, Finance and Administration, Christopher Andekin
*Head, Finance and Administration, NFF, Jafaru Mamzah
* Cashier with the Finance and Administration department of the NFF, Rajan Zaka.
They have been directly linked to the "floating funds " paid to the NFF by both the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), between 2014 and 2016. The Fifa funds alone are speculated to be around N3 billion plus while the Caf deposits are at least in the high millions of Naira, if not more.
President Buhari who was said to have been both shocked and visibly angry over the sheer size of the missing funds immediately ordered Pinnick to also be prosecuted and all monies paid to the NFF between 2017 and 2018 also be closely audited.
Meanwhile, in other related matters, the EFCC’s boss further informed Buhari that the commission also received another petition dated April 24, 2016, captioned ‘‘Monumental stealing and financial crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation’, from James Peters of Amal Pepple Estate, Abuja. (below)
As an attachment to the for mentioned petition the Minister of Sports and Youth Development Barr. Solomon Dalung, also released documents in support of the same revealing all sponsorship deals. Magu shared that it had been established that the NFF has sponsorship deals with 21 corporate organisation saying: "The audit trail of the funds and its utilisation is currently ongoing with a view to prosecuting anyone found culpable of any offence.”
He also pointed out that there was also a possible conflict of interest going on in the Federation as one of the companies appointed as a financial consultant to the NFF is owned by the 2nd Vice President of the NFF in the person of Alhaji Shehu Dikko. (below)
If found guilty Pinnick would lose his CAF Vice President’s position, as well as along with others, face quite a spell in prison. This is certainly going to be quite an unfolding and the Awareness promises to stay on top of all developments and share them on our pages.