…For playing hanky-panky with $8,400, N4bn***
The seemingly hide and seek game between the leadership the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Federal Government blew open on Tuesday as the President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick was charged, alongside four others, with alleged misappropriation of $8,400 belonging to the football body.
The money was allegedly 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.
A 17-count charge, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/93/2019, filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja also accused the defendants of “moving dishonestly and intentionally the sum of about N4bn”, belonging to the NFF without the consent of the NFF.
Others charged with Pinnick were the NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh.