JUST IN: High Court Orders Arrest Of Amaju Pinnick The NFF President
Amaju Pinnick’s arrest has been ordered by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The CAF vice-president and four other NFF officials failed to appear in court
Pinnick and others have been accused of misappropriating $8.4m paid by FIFA Amaju Pinnick and other four officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have been ordered to be arrested by a Federal High Court in Abuja, The Nation reports. The court has accused the NFF president with other four officials of misappropriating funds belonging to the football house. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu issued the bench warrant on Monday, July 1, after the case involving the NFF officials was called and all five accused persons were not present in court.
The officials involved includes NFF Secretary, Sanusi Mohammed, first Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi, the second Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an executive member, Yusuff Fresh. A 17-count charge has been filed by the federal government earlier this year, accusing the NFF officials of alleged misappropriation of $8,400,000 belonging to the football house.
It is claimed that the money was paid by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as appearance fees in the group stage of the last World Cup held in Russia. The officials are also accused of “moving dishonestly and intentionally the sum of about N4bn” belonging to the glass house without the consent of the Nigerian footballing body.
We earlier reported that NFF president Amaju Pinnick and Abia state governor Okezie Ikpeazu took time out to visit Super Eagles squad members in the dressing room after their 2-0 defeat to Madagascar on Sunday, June 30. The result saw Nigeria finish second in Group B log behind leaders Madagascar and may likely face Ghana’s Black Stars in the last 16 rounds of the ongoing tournament.