FGN Cracks Down On Pinnick, Shehu Dikko, Other NFF Officials Over Alleged Corruption
The Federal Government of Nigeria has begun a major crack down on several top NFF officials led by former President Amaju Pinnick (PICTURED) for alleged corruption by seizing their properties permanently.
This is a farewell gift to Pinnick, who today was succeeded by Ibrahim Gusau as the new NFF President, as he has battled through most of his eight years in charge of Nigeria Football to escape prosecution.
A corruption trial will lead to an immediate 90-day suspension for Pinnick at both the FIFA Council and the CAF Executive Committee.
Anti-corruption agency ICPC has since 2019 been investigating Pinnick, who is also on both the FIFA Council and the CAF Executive Committee, and five other top officials namely Seyi Akinwunmi, Shehu Dikko, Ahmed Yusuf ‘Fresh’ and Mohammed Sanusi.
Shehu Dikko’s Abuja house has now been seized and the same fate has befallen the houses in Minna of newly elected Chairman of Chairmen, Ahmed Yusuf ‘Fresh’.
ICPC maintained that what these officials have far exceeds their earnings amid allegations that Billions of Naira belonging to the football federation could not be accounted for.
In September 2019, ICPC marked 15 properties spread across Nigeria and in England for interim forfeiture as they stepped up investigations.
However, it appeared the investigations were bogged down for some time at the legal department of the ICPC for the agency to charge them to court.
It was alleged that they compromised investigators before the Presidency took a special interest in the matter.
The officials also ran to religious leaders, traditional rulers as well as top Government officials to get them off the hook.
They now have to answer to the various charges against them in court.