Nigerian govt withdraws $8.4M, N4B corruption charges against Pinnick, other NFF officials
Nigerian govt withdraws $8.4M, N4B corruption charges against Pinnick, other NFF officials
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Nigerian govt withdraws $8.4M, N4B corruption charges against Pinnick, other NFF officials

Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick can now walk with his head high after the Federal High Court, Abuja on Tuesday withdrew cases of fraud brought against him.

The court decided following an application by the federal government to withdraw its case against Mr Pinnick and four others facing $8.4 million and N4 billion corruption charges.

The federal government had in May arraigned Mr Pinnik and four others on 18 counts for allegedly diverting the sum, which was given to the NFF as fees for appearing at the last Russia 2018 World Cup.

The five officials, including the NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh, were accused of misappropriating N4 billion without the approval of the NFF.

They were arraigned by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP).

The panel, then led by Okoi Obono-Obla, has since been dissolved by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Obono-Obla is himself wanted for allegedly forging a WAEC certificate.

“The prosecution withdrew the charges against the defendants. And so we asked that the case be withdrawn. The court invoked section 355 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act to withdraw the charges,” a lawyer representing the NFF officials, Mohammed Katu, said on Tuesday on Premium Times.

Pinnick has suffered downtimes both at home and abroad this year. He was ousted as the first vice-president of CAF following the arrest of Ahmad Ahmad in France.

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