Sunday Oct 30, 2016. 13:32
AfricanFootball.com can exclusively reveal that two top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have been granted bail as the country’s anti-corruption agencies have now swooped on allegations of financial malpractices in the football house.
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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade has already hit top government officials, politicians, the top military brass and most recently the judiciary.
And in the last two weeks the dreaded Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have pointed their search light on the NFF.
They are probing a wide-range of allegations – from sponsorship earnings, the structures and relationships between the NFF and the League Management Company (LMC) as well as contract awards particularly as it concerns the relocation of the NFF head office in Abuja.
There are also unconfirmed reports that the probe has been extended to FIFA prize money from the 2010 World Cup, which has caused former top guns of the NFF to be questioned recently.
“The finances of the NFF are now under full investigation by both the EFCC and the ICPC and already two top officials, a management staff and a top accounting staff, have been bailed,” a highly placed source informed only AfricanFootball.com
“Many officials have been quizzed over several allegations.
“This probe has been long in coming because despite the financial support the NFF have received from the government, it appears it has been going down the drain so much so that the federation’s finances are now in a big mess.
“Can you imagine that the government had to bail out the NFF with 100 million Naira for the Super Eagles to turn up for the World Cup qualifier in Zambia earlier this month.”
There has no proper accounting of revenue from sponsorships, a fact Senate President Bukola Saraki pointed out to the NFF president when he made a last-ditch bid for the country’s parliament to intervene for government to come to the rescue with much-needed cash for the Zambia match.
A top official of the NFF marketing department was in Lagos on behalf of the president, who was summoned to defend the sponsorship accounts of the federation.
More startling details of the anti-corruption drive in the country’s football house are expected to surface in the coming days.