FG charges NFF president Pinnick, four others with $8,400, N4bn fraud

The FG has charged the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and four others with alleged misappropriation of $8,400, N4bn belonging to the football body.

According to a report by The Nation, the five officials were charged on a 17-count filed  before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/93/2019, the money which was said to have been paid by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as appearance fees in the group state of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

In the report, the four other officials charged with Pinnick include NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh. The defendants were accused of moving dishonestly and intentionally the sum of about N4bn belonging to the NFF without the consent of the NFF.

They were also accused, in the charge filed by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), led by Okoi Obono-Obla, of failing and neglecting to declare their assets.