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NFF President Pinnick Charged With $8.4m Fraud



The Federal Government has charged Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over an alleged misappropriation of $8.4 million.

Also slammed with a 17-count charge alongside Pinnick before the Federal High Court, Abuja, are Seyi Akinwunmi, 1st vice president, Shehu Dikko, 2nd vice president, Mohammed Sanusi, general secretary and Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, NFF executive member.

The case, marked marked FHC/ABJ/CR/93/2019, was filed before the court on Tuesday by Okoi Obono-Obla, the Special Presidential Investigative Panel for Recovery of Public Property (SPIRPP), on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation.

The said money was purportedly paid by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as Nigeria’s appearance fees for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The accused persons were alleged of “moving the cash” with the consent of the NFF.

They were also accused of “moving dishonestly and intentionally the sum of about N4 billion” belonging to the NFF.

According to the charge sheet, the Nigerian football bigwigs were also accused of failing and neglecting to declare their assets, contrary to and punishable under section 3(3)(a) of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) Act, 2004.

Furthermore, the Federal Government accused the defendants of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, theft, criminal misappropriation in respect of their handling of the $8.4 million and N4 billion belonging to the NFF.

The offences were said to be contrary to and punishable under various provisions of the Penal Code (Cap 105) LFN.

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