President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the prosecution of the President of the Nigerian Soccer Federation, Amaju Pinnick, over an alleged multi-billion rip-off within the organisation.
It was additionally learnt that the Federal Authorities by way of the Presidential investigative panel headed by Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, had positioned Pinnick on journey ban.
Punch gathered on Saturday that Buhari gave the order for Pinnick’s prosecution when the Obono-Obla offered a preliminary investigation report back to him.
The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee additionally addressed a report on the NFF to Mr President detailing the end result of their investigations which tallied with what Obono-Obla’s panel had submitted to the President.
EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu had in his six-page report knowledgeable Buhari that the anti-graft company had investigated and prosecuted the Director, Finance and Administration, Christopher Andekin; Head, Finance and Administration, NFF, Jafaru Mamzah and a cashier with the Finance and Administration division of the NFF, Rajan Zaka over an alleged monetary rip-off within the soccer governing home in reference to monetary funds from Federation of Worldwide Soccer Associations and Confederation of African Soccer to NFF between 2014 and 2016.
However Buhari who was stated to have been visibly indignant over the alleged monumental rip-off ordered Pinnick to even be prosecuted. He directed Magu to embark on a wider investigation into the remittances to the NFF between 2017 and 2018.
The president, who was reportedly shocked by the mind-boggling report and extra revelations directed Magu to make sure a complete and discreet investigation with watertight and unassailable info and items of proof that might nail the suspects on the courtroom.
In accordance with the EFCC preliminary report sighted by our correspondent, EFCC acknowledged that it commenced full investigation into the funds of the NFF the place it found that the domiciliary accounts of the NFF domiciled with Zenith Financial institution and UBA had acquired whole influx of $16,417,761 from FIFA and CAF between January, 2014 and June, 2016 as follows:
1. 18/12/2014 Zenith Financial institution, Ac No: 5070407456, $eight,400,000 (FIFA); 23/01/2015, Zenith Financial institution, Ac No: 5070407456, $450,000 (FIFA); 25/03/2015, Zenith Financial institution, Ac No: 5070407456, $1,081,000 (CAF); 13/10/2015 Zenith Financial institution, Ac No: 5070407456, $3000 (CAF); 12/01/2014, UBA, Ac No: 3000004944, $1,500,000 (FIFA); 15/01/2014 UBA, Ac No: 3000004944, $1,746,745 (CAF); 19/03/2014 UBA, Ac No: 3000004944, $249,950 (CAF); 12/12/2014 UBA, Ac No: 3000004944, $301,467 (FIFA);14/05/2015 UBA, Ac No: 3000004944, $30,000 (FIFA); 31/07/2015 UBA, Ac No: 3000004944, $315,149 (FIFA); 14/08/2015, UBA, Ac No: 3000004944, $399,000 (FIFA); 11/09/2015 UBA, Ac No: 3000004944, $300,000 (FIFA); 16/10/2015, UBA, Ac No: 3000004944, $850,149 (FIFA); 18/11/2015, UBA, Ac No: 3000004944, $2,990 (CAF); 12/02/2016, UBA, Ac No: 3000004944, $79,540 (FIFA); 15/03/2016, UBA, Ac No: 3000004944, $299,000, (CAF); 22/06/2016 UBA, Ac No: 3000004944, $9,930 (CAF).
Magu within the report additionally knowledgeable Buhari that investigation into the case had been concluded. He added that Christopher Andekin; Head, Finance and Administration, NFF, Jafaru Mamzah and a cashier with the Finance and Administration division of NFF, Rajan Zaka had been indicted and arraigned on October 15, 2018 earlier than Justice P.O. Affem of the Federal Capital Territory Excessive Courtroom, No 19 Maitama Abuja on 5 prison costs of conspiracy and prison breach of belief by a public officer.
The EFCC’s boss additional knowledgeable Buhari that the fee additionally acquired one other petition dated April 24, 2016 captioned ‘Monumental stealing and monetary disaster within the Nigeria Soccer Federation’, from James Peters of Amal Pepple Property, Abuja.
He acknowledged that in the midst of investigation, the Minister (Sports activities) forwarded to the fee, paperwork in help of the petition revealing sponsorship offers amounting to N1.14bn and $1.55m by way of his letter No. HMY &SP/003/2018/55 dates August 7, 2018.
Magu stated, “Investigation into this petition has up to now established that the NFF has sponsorship offers with 21 company organisation. The investigation additional revealed that between 2008 and 2018, 11 out of the 21 company organisations made sponsorship cost of N5,288,990,000 and $1,550,000 to NFF as towards the amounted acknowledged within the ministers’ letter beneath reference above.
“One of many corporations appointed as monetary marketing consultant to the NFF is owned by the 2nd Vice President of the NFF in particular person of Alhaji Shehu Dikko. The audit path of the funds and its utilisation is at present ongoing with a view to prosecuting anybody discovered culpable of any offence.”
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