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I don’t trust security agencies to investigate NFF’s corruption – Gombe

The Chairman of the Gombe State Football Association, Mallam Gara Gombe has expressed his reservations about the Nigerian security agencies investigating corruption in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

The former Nigeria Football Association member made this known during an online interactive session with journalists. When he was asked if he trusted many of those investigating agencies of government for justice, he replied he had no trust.

“Honestly speaking, not at all, on this trust of the agencies of the government, I don’t think I trust them” he started.

“So far, the only person who did a great job was Obono-Obla. Unfortunately, he could not complete what he started”.

“Though he succeeded in arraigning them (NFF) before the court, but they refused to appear in Court. Before he now found himself in a messy allegation against him which made the government to disband his committee (Presidential Committee on the recovery of public property).

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“Perhaps, it was because it was an ad-hoc committee and that was why he was able to do what he was able to do”.

“But all the other committees investigating corruption charges against the NFF have so far not given us any course that they are doing the right thing” he concluded.

It will be recalled some top NFF officials were embroiled in several investigations but were let off the hook after a Federal High Court in Abuja discharged them from corruption charges brought by the defunct-Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP) in 2019.

The cleared executives include NFF president Amaju Pinnick, Seyi Akinwunmi (first vice president), Shehu Dikko (second vice president), Mohammed Sanusi (general secretary) and Ahmed Yusuf (executive committee member).

After several investigations, which include findings by anti-graft agencies, the case was kicked out by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu for lacking proof of evidence.

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