Corruption: Buhari orders Amaju Pinnick’s prosecution; CAF seat threatened

By Daily Sports on January 6, 2019

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There are palpable fears in the country’s football family following President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive for the prosecution of Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), over a litany of corruption allegations leveled against him.

The allegations which also involved funds embezzlement are in billions of naira.

Pinnick would eventually lose his CAF Vice President’s position if he is pronounced guilty in the course of his prosecution.

The order to prosecute Pinnick followed a preliminary investigation report presented to President Buhari by the Presidential investigative panel headed by Mr Okoi Obono-Obla, which had now placed Pinnick on travel ban.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission also addressed a report on the NFF to Mr President detailing the outcome of their investigations which tallied with what Obono-Obla’s panel had submitted to the President. EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu had in his six-page report informed Buhari that the anti-graft agency had investigated and prosecuted top officials of the NFF in charge of finance in connection with an alleged financial scam in the football house.

They include: Director, Finance and Administration, Christopher Andekin; Head, Finance and Administration, NFF, Jafaru Mamzah and a cashier with the Finance and Administration department of the NFF, Rajan Zaka.

There prosecution had to do with financial payments from Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) and Confederation of African Football (CAF), to NFF between 2014 and 2016.

President Buhari who was said to have been visibly angry over the alleged monumental scam immediately ordered Pinnick to also be prosecuted.

The president, who was reportedly shocked by the mind-boggling report and additional revelations, directed Magu to embark on a wider investigation into the remittances to the NFF between 2017 and 2018. (NAN)

•Photo shows NFF President Amaju Pinnick 

Source Daily Sports

Posted January 6, 2019

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