NFF President Pinnick, Shehu Dikko Houses Seal

President NFF Pinnick Amaju Credit: Premium Times News

The anti-graft agency, ICPC, has confirmed that it has sealed the homes of 2 top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

In separate statements via its official Twitter handle on Friday, the anti-graft agency said it has sealed the Lagos residence of the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, as well as the Abuja residence of the second vice president, Shehu Dikko.

The ICPC is yet to supply details of its investigation.

Messrs Pinnick and Dikko, as well as other NFF officials, are already being tried for alleged corrupt practices at the NFF. That trial is by the presidential anti-corruption panel.

The NFF has also been underneath probe by the Economic and financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

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The latest investigation is looking into fraud allegations over how sponsorship money meant for the development of football in the country has been taken.

“What I will guarantee is that officials of the Nigeria football Federation are being investigated by the agency,” EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, told BBC Sport.

The allegations against the NFF officials include mismanaging funds secured from official sponsors, domestic league’s television sponsorship and payments from a former kit supplier for all the national teams.

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It also focuses on funds provided by federal and state governments for friendly matches involving the Super Eagles and the misappropriation of concerning $2.7 million from the financial assistance Programme of football’s world governing body, FIFA.

An investigation earlier in the year revealed how Nigerian football officials are hiding behind the Federation of International football game Association (FIFA) regulation that prohibits government’s interference in football game matters to divert grants and funds from sponsorship deals.

The weeks-long investigation showed that the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigerian football game Federation (NFF) exploited this independence to mismanage funds at its disposal, which include allocations from the public treasury.

While commenting on the development, the spokesperson of the ICPC, Raheedat Okoduwa said; ” the houses were sealed by the agency after fresh evidence of corruption against the NFF bigwigs emerged”

She, however, refrained from giving many details on the matter. According to her, the development is under investigation and therefore may lead to her leaking information concerning others on the list if the ICPC fresh investigations.

The investigation involved reviews of official documents from the NFF, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), the Presidency, the Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as testimonies of people familiar with the operations of the football federation.

Messrs Pinnick and Dikko have perpetually denied any wrongdoing.

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