The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has launched a probe into corruption in Nigerian football. Consequently, the Commission has seized several properties belonging to NFF President Amaju Pinnick. Also seized are properties owned by top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Furthermore, the ICPC has seized properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko. Also seized were properties belonging to the Federation’s General Secretary Muhammed Sanusi, among others.
Specifically, the properties have been seized as part of a fresh corruption probe initiated by the ICPC.
Meanwhile, the ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized. The Commission disclosed that half of the embargoed properties belong to Pinnick. One of the seized properties belonging to the NFF President is located in London.
This was revealed in the statement published in the newspaper advertorial.
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ICPC probe follows two previous cases against NFF officials
The sweeping probe and seizures comes in the wake of widespread allegations of corruption and misappropriation of funds. Basically, the issues revolve around how money meant for football development in Nigeria allegedly disappeared. Investigations are also underway into how the NFF spent sponsorship money generated from the football league.
As a matter of fact, the current investigation follows two separate cases against the NFF officials. The first was brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). On the other hand, the second is an ongoing case by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP).
Rasheedat Okoduwa is the spokesperson of the ICPC.
She disclosed that the NFF officials are under probe as a result of inconsistencies in their earnings and lifestyle.
“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation. It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”