Net closes in on ‘cor­rupt’ Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion bosses

Au­thor­i­ties clamp down on cor­rup­tion

Sunday World - - Sport -

The head of a Nige­rian pres­i­den­tial anti-cor­rup­tion body has said charges will be brought against foot­ball of­fi­cials for al­legedly mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing pub­lic funds.

Okoi Obono-Obla said the body was in the process of fi­nal­is­ing charges and that a “prima fa­cie case” had been es­tab­lished.

“We will now file charges against them,” said ObonoObla, who is chair­man of Muham­madu Buhari’s Spe­cial Pres­i­den­tial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Panel for Re­cov­ery of Pub­lic Prop­erty. “They will be ar­raigned be­fore a court of com­pe­tent ju­ris­dic­tion,” he told Kiss FM Abuja ra­dio with­out iden­ti­fy­ing the in­di­vid­u­als.

Obono-Obla has pre­vi­ously in­ter­viewed the head of the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF), Amaju Pin­nick, and his two deputies, Seyi Ak­in­wunmi and Shehu Dikko. NFF gen­eral sec­re­tary Mo­hammed Sanusi and ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Ahmed Yusuf have also been ques­tioned.

Pin­nick was re-elected for a sec­ond term as head of the fed­er­a­tion in Septem­ber, de­spite a long-run­ning bat­tle over the le­git­i­macy of his po­si­tion. The dis­pute has led to a string of court cases and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ven­tions, prompt­ing world gov­ern­ing body Fifa to threaten to ban the coun­try from in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Pres­i­dent Buhari launched a high-pro­file cam­paign in 2015 to pros­e­cute cor­rupt of­fi­cials who had stolen large sums of pub­lic money. The main op­po­si­tion Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party has ac­cused Buhari of con­duct­ing a po­lit­i­cal witch­hunt as most of those ar­rested and charged have been its party mem­bers.

Obono-Obla, who is also the pres­i­dent’s spe­cial as­sis­tant on pros­e­cu­tions, has de­nied com­ing un­der any po­lit­i­cal pres­sure in the lat­est case. –

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