President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s anti-corruption war has gotten to the doorsteps of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), 234Forum sports has learned.
Daily Sun sports informs that security agents had started investigating how the current board of the NFF, led by former Delta State FA chairman, Amaju Pinnick, came into power after the September 30, 2014 election in Warri.
The elections were widely reported to have caused a stir in the governing body as millions of Naira were exchanged in ‘Ghana-must-go’ bags by delegates involved in the elections.
A source told Sun Sports that the shady NFF elections were in the scope of the government and investigations have begun to determine how much money was spent before Amaju Pinnick emerged as president.
The source said: “As we speak, security agents have started investigating the NFF, especially how the Amaju board emerged at the Warri election. They are aware a lot of money went into that election and are investigating how the election was funded, how much went into it and all that. Recall that the election was simply a cash and carry affair where money exchanged hands in Ghana-must-go bags.
Beyond the Warri election, since coming into office, the NFF leadership had engaged in a lot of financial dealings that were not too tidy and the security operatives are digging into all that. The federal Government is interested in sanitizing all sectors, including sports.”
The NFF recently signed a new sponsorship deal with American sportswear manufacturing outfit, NIKE, but details of the deal have remained shady while the NFF has been lambasted for awarding a contract to furnish the Sunday Dankaro House built for the federation by the now dissolved Presidential Task Force on football. Last week, the NFF board revoked the furnishing contract worth around N178m.
The governing body is yet to account for monies earned from the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
Countries that attended the mundial reportedly earned eight million dollars from FIFA while countries like Nigeria got additional one million dollars for reaching the second round.
The source said of all these: “The security agents are probing all these, I can confirm to you.”
In a related development, the NFF is dealing with the issue of a lawsuit it was served by former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi. Pinnick, has however laughed off the lawsuit that the former coach Stephen Keshi has served the organisation saying “we have a lot of things to bother ourselves about”.
The NFF boss, however, said the legal team of the NFF will be handling the lawsuit, adding that there were many programmes that could bring benefits to Nigerian football that the leadership of the NFF were more concerned about.