NFF top officials to face criminal charges over N6.72bn fraud

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The Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Okoi Obono-Obla has revealed that the top Nigeria Football Federation officials indicted will be charged to court following the conclusion of investigations.

The panel is investigating a case of conspiracy and alleged diversion of public funds at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to the tune of N6.72 billion in the last four years.

In a chat with Obono-Obla on Monday, he stated he won’t engage in media trial as he has applied for a travel ban on the indicted officials and it is now left for the Nigeria Immigration service to get this enforced.

“We concluded investigations in November and after investigations, we will charge them to court tomorrow or latest Wednesday.

“I don’t want to engage any one in media trial. Anything you want, you will wait till when they appear in court and ask further questions,” he concluded.

It was gathered that the panel had in a letter to the Nigeria Immigration Service dated 11th December 2018 listed 32 Nigerians to be placed on the travel ban.

The list which had two sections had list of important personalities which had 25 persons and the second section had “NFF.”

In the NFF list the listed officials to be banned from travel include Amaju Melvin Pinnick, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, Mallam Shehu Dikko, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf, Alizor Chuks, Mohammed Cheku and Dr Sanusi Mohammed.

The officials indicted are NFF vice-presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, NFF finance director Mohammed Cheku, Alizor Chuks of the marketing department, NFF executive committee member Ahmed Yusuf ‘Fresh’ as well former excos, Chris Green and Sunday Dele Ajayi.

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