Nigerian govt slams football association President, Pinnick, with $8.4m fraud charges

The Nigerian government has filed a 17-count charged against the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, and four others with alleged misappropriation of $8.4 million belonging to the federation.

Special presidential investigative panel and recovery (SPIP), Okoi Obono-Obla, filed the charge against the defendants before the federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday.

The said amount was to be paid by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as appearance fees for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Other accused persons aside Pinnick are Seyi Akinwunmi, 1st vice president, Shehu Dikko, 2nd vice president, Mohammed Sanusi, general secretary and Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, NFF executive member.

In the case file marked C/ABJ/CR/93/2019, the five persons are accused of failing and neglecting to declare their assets.

The defendants are also accused of “moving the cash” belonging to the NFF without the consent of the federation.

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