Net closes in on ‘corrupt’ Nigeria Football Federation bosses
Authorities clamp down on corruption
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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