Go and face your trial with presidential panel – Dada tells Pinnick, others

An Abuja-based legal practitioner, Barrister Gbenga Adeniran Dada has backed the Special Presidential Panel on Public Properties (SPIPP) to prosecute Nigeria Football Federation officials accused of misappropriation of funds.

While reacting to efforts of the NFF top guns to stop the planned trial, Dada further asked the officials to appear before the panel while seeking proper legal advice

According to the lawyer, the position of the law is that you can’t use an injunction or a court process to restrain or stop a body created by law from carrying out its statutory responsibilities.”

The Panel was created by the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) 2004 Act and is vested with the responsibility to investigate assets of public officers who have corruptly enriched themselves or who have abused their office or who have violated the code of conduct provisions in the 1999 Constitution.”

“The panel also has the powers to investigate those who have contributed towards the economic adversity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. They had been invited and granted bail in self recognition. They were merely invited to hear from them concerning the allegations that they purportedly stole public funds amounting to billions of Naira which is against Nigerian law.

“Under the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) 2004 the allegation against the NFF is tantamount to causing economic adversity to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. A mere invitation by a law enforcement agency does not and cannot constitute Infraction of their rights.

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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