LAGOS – News coming through to DailyAfrika is that properties belonging to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick have been seized in a corruption investigation.
Media reports suggest that several properties belonging to top NFF officials including Pinnick have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.
The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).
According to the BBC Sport website, the ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized, half of which belong to Pinnick.
In a statement published in the Nigerian papers, one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.
The investigation comes amidst a wide range of claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.
“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” said ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa.
“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”
In addition, the website has it that the ICPC has also seized properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi.
Neither Pinnick nor Sanusi were available to comment on the move by the ICPC when contacted by the BBC, while Dikko could not respond to phone calls to provide a right of reply.
BBC Sport understands that this latest investigation into the NFF will also look at allegations of how sponsorship money generated from the second tier of the country’s game was spent.
Furthermore, the commission’s investigation comes on the back of two separate cases brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and an ongoing one by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP).