The corruption charges filed by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), led by Okoi Obono-Obla,against Nigeria Football Federation president,Amaju Melvin Pinnick comes up on Monday in Abuja.
In a 17-count charge, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/93/2019, filed by the panel before the Federal High Court in Abuja , the panel insisted that $8,400 in question was said to have been paid by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the NFF as appearance fees in the group stage of the Russia 2018 World Cup.
The defendants were also accused of moving the sum of about N4bn “dishonestly and intentionally” which belonged to the NFF without the consent of the football federation in the country.
They were also accused of failing and neglecting to declare their assets.
The other officials ordered to appear before the Court sitting in Abuja alongside Pinnick are NFF vice-presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko as well as executive committee member Ahmed Yusuf ‘Fresh’ and general secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has charged them on a 17-count charge ranging from embezzlement of $8.4m being the money the Super Eagles earned for reaching the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup.
Pinnick and the other accused officials have so far evaded judicial summons, according to prosecution counsels.