The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has directed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to investigate embattled president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and other top board members of his executive.
The minister in a statement by through his Media Aide, Nneka Anibeze, said the probe was sequel to a petition the anti-graft agency received from a former Super Eagles’ Coach, James Peters with the title ‘Monumental stealing and Financial Crimes in The Nigeria Football Federation’ dated May 4, 2018.
Peters stated in the petition alleged that there are, “unprecedented stealing, corrupt practices and financial crimes being perpetrated by the current President Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the General Secretary Dr Mohammed Sanusi, the 1st Vice President Barrister Seyi Akinwumi, the 2nd Vice President Mallam Shehu Dikko and a member of the Executive Committee Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf (AKA Fresh), ” calling on EFCC to carry out a full investigation.
He also stated that there are “stealing and fraudulent activities by FINANCIAL DERIVATIVES LTD, a company cunningly brought into the NFF by President Amaju Pinnick for the sole purpose of warehousing money outside the official accounts of the NFF in the Central Bank and diverting same for fraudulent activities.”
“These NFF chieftains have also used the company MEDITERRANEAN SPORTS LIMITED belonging to Mallam Shehu Dikko who is the 2nd Vice President of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the League Management Company, a body saddled with the responsibility of running the Elite league, and attracts millions of dollars from sponsorships and Chairman, Marketing and Sponsorship sub-committee of the NFF to collect over 40% of revenues from the numerous sponsors of the NFF.”
The petition further alleged that funds made available by corporate sponsors were never disclosed by Pinnick
The petitioner, therefore, called for a Forensic audit to be carried out to look at all approvals and retirements by the mentioned persons.
In a notification letter with ref no. EFCC/EC/mos/59/17, and written to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports by the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, the anti-graft agency notified the Ministry that it had received a petition from Mr Peters.
The Nigeria Football Federation has been in disarray after the minister of Youth and Sports sent a letter to Pinnick to vacate the seat as NFF president for Chris Giwa.
World football governing body FIFA has however not responded to the drama going on in the country’s football and should the hammer of FIFA fall on Nigeria, all football activities in the country will be crippled.