By Toby Prince
President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, is to face prosecution over an alleged multi-billion scam in the organisation.
President Muhammadu Buhari gave the order for his prosecution after a presidential investigative panel headed by Okoi Obono -Obla presented to Mr Buhari a preliminary investigation report.
Mr Pinnick has also been placed on travel ban.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) also addressed a report on the NFF to Buhari detailing the outcome of their investigations which tallied with what Mr Obono – Obla’s panel had submitted.
EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, had in his six-page report informed Buhari that the anti-graft agency had investigated and prosecuted the Director, Finance and Administration, Christopher Andekin; Head, Finance and Administration of NFF, Jafaru Mamzah, and a cashier with the Finance and Administration department of the NFF, Rajan Zaka, over an alleged financial scam.
They are being prosecuted in connection with financial payments from Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) and Confederation of African Football (CAF) to NFF between 2014 and 2016.
Buhari reportedly directed Mr Magu to embark on a wider investigation into the remittances to the NFF between 2017 and 2018.