Pinnick docked by FG for $8.4m fraud

Pinnick docked by FG for $8.4m fraud

The federal government on Tuesday charged president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and four others with alleged misappropriation of $8.4 million belonging to the federation.

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

A 17- count charge against Pinnick and four others was filed by Obono-Obla, Chairman, the special presidential investigative panel and recovery (SPIP), before the federal high court in Abuja.

According to the charge sheet, they were said to have misappriopriated the money paid by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as appearance fees for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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.