- Amaju Pinnick, and his executive committee members, have been slammed with a lawsuit for allegedly misappropriating over N4 billion
- NFF president, his two vice presidents and two others were charged with a 17-count charge by an Abuja federal high court
- The body has now denied being aware of the law suit, saying it is the plot of some people to discredit their works
Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has been accused of misappropriating funds belonging to the organisation.
The former Delta State FA chairman along side four other chieftains of the football body were alleged to have mis-spent about $8,400 reportedly paid by FIFA for the 2018 World Cup appearance fee.
Others involved in the case are NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh.
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Pinnick and the above named executive members have now been charged on a 17-count charge by a federal high court in Abuja, according to The Nation.
They were also accused of moving a sum of about N4bn belonging to the NFF without the consent of the body.
The five are 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.
Meanwhile, in a statement released by the country's football governing body, NFF claims they are not aware of such case against them.
"NFF denies that FG has filed any such charges. NFF states that the orchestrated media blitz about the existence of such charges is nothing but the desperate and malicious efforts of the Chief Okoi Obono-Obla led Special Presidential Investigative Panel (SPIP) to lend itself as an instrument of cheap blackmail in the fight for the political leadership of NFF."
"We wish to state categorically that the charges filed by SPIP are frivolous and totally baseless.
"They are aimed only at scandalising the NFF and its leadership and nothing more, in order to mislead the unwary and uninformed.
"This is evident from the great facility with which the news of the charges which were registered at the court’s registry today, May 7, 2019, have been widely disseminated by SPIP and its collaborators."
It will be recalled that the Amaju Pinnick led NFF board were re-elected in 2018 - beating late chief Taiwo Ogunjobi and Aminu Maigari.
Legit.ng earlier reported that NFF president Amaju Pinnick has dismissed allegations of corruption and financial misappropriation leveled against him and his board, Complete Sports reports.
Pinnick and his board were alleged to have the sum of $650,000 pocketed meant for a friendly match against Bolivia in Uyo in 2015, given by the former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio.
The 43-year-old revealed in a radio programme, on Metro FM and Bond FM that they were simply misinformed.
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