Chairman, Presidential Investigative Panel on the recovery of public funds, Barrister Okoi Obono-Obla has cleared the air on the recent arrest of Amaju Pinnick and four others that Federal Government, the world football governing body,
FIFA and CAF will not interfere in the case of alleged corruption levelled against the five NFF officials.
Obono-Obla while addressing journalists in Abuja revealed that the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, Shehu Dikko, Seyi Akinwunmi, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh and Dr Mohammed Sanusi have been invited to their office to clear their names on the corruption allegation against them, the invitation they honoured.
Obono thereafter said that the five officials failed to show up for further investigation which constrained the panel to file charges against them and arraigned them in a Magistrate Court in Abuja. “In his words, “they were invited to clear their names on allegations levelled against them and were released on self-recognition. We gave them a date to report back but failed to appear to clear their names. Though we have evaluated our findings and established some facts, so based on this, we file to charge them to court.
Alluding the intervention of federal government during the FIFA threat to ban Nigeria last year, Okoi said that: “President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has a policy of non-interference in the work of the anti-corruption agency. He later affirmed that FIFA and CAF can never threaten to ban Nigeria over the issue because it is a case of corruption and both football governing bodies do not aid nor encourage corruption” He concluded
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