Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick and four other top-ranking officials have been charged with corruption, including embezzlement of millions of dollars from world body FIFA, court sources said on Wednesday.
The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) brought the charges against Pinnick, NFF vice presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, general secretary Sanusi Mohammed and committee member Ahmed Yusuf.
The charges range from failure to declare their assets to conflict of interest and alleged embezzlement of $8.4 million paid by world football governing body FIFA to Nigeria for participation in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The five defendants were also accused of intentionally and dishonestly moving the sum of about N4 billion without the consent of the NFF.
The SPIP accused Pinnick of working contrary to Section 5 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act by appointing Financial Derivatives Limited, a company he had vested interest in, as a financial consultant to the NFF. They are to appear at the federal high court in the nation’s capital Abuja at a date to be announced later.
The football officials were investigated last year by SPIP, which initially granted them administrative bail. The NFF chiefs took legal action to stop the investigation, and secured a court injunction to set aside their arrest warrant.
Another set of NFF officials are facing trial for the alleged misappropriation of a $9.5 million FIFA grant to Nigeria.
The case has been adjourned to May 30.