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EXCLUSIVE! Monumental Stealing & Financial Crisis In NFF (1): Magu Writes Buhari Exposing Rot [Documents]

This special report marks the beginning of a series tagged "Monumental Stealing and Financial Crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation" [NFF].

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The reports will be delivered in partnership with Human Rights Radio in Abuja and its host, Ordinary Ahmed Isah, in conjunction with whistleblowers in the NFF viz: former Super Eagles Player Emmanuel Babayaro, NFF staff – Tunde Aderibigbe, former national coach – James Peters and the Chief Executive Officer of Green White Green Sports Center, Alhaji Ahmed Shuaibu-Gara Gombe.

This first report reveals a letter written by the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC], Mr. Ibrahim Magu to President Muhammadu Buhari.

In the letter titled “Re: Corruption at the Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] and Reluctance of Security Agencies to Investigate the  Federation”, Mr. Magu lamented how the management of NFF have been embezzling and laundering hundreds of billions of Naira over the years [see the attached document].

The letter was Magu’s response to a letter from the Honourable Minister of Youth & Sports Development addressed to President Buhari and copied to EFCC, the Director, Department of State Service (DSS) and the Inspector General of Police.

It all began when the Sports Minister forwarded a complaint to EFCC inviting the Commission to investigate the finances of NFF with regards to the sum of eight hundred and two thousand United States Dollars ($802,000.00) granted NFF by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) but was allegedly expended without proper documentation.

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick

In the course of deep investigation into the finances of NFF, the Commission discovered that the sum mentioned by the Minister was a tip of the iceberg.

Investigation revealed that domiciliary accounts of the NFF domiciled with Zenith Bank and UBA had received total inflow of sixteen million four hundred and seventeen thousand seven hundred and sixty one United States Dollars ($16,417,761.00).

The sum were received from FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF) respectively between January, 2014 and June, 2016 [see attached].

According to Magu, at the conclusion of investigation, some officials of the NFF were indicted and arraigned on 15th of October, 2018, before Justice P.O. Affem of the Federal Capital Territory High Court No.19, Maitama, Abuja on a five count criminal charge of Conspiracy and Criminal Breach of Trust by Public Officer, as follows:

  1. Christopher Andekin, the Director Finance and Administration of the Finance Administration department
  2. Jafaru Mamzah. Head, Finance and Administration of same department, and,
  3. Rajan Zaka, the Cashier of Finance Administration department [see attached].

Thereafter, the Commission also received another petition dated 24th April, 2018, from Coach James Peters.

In the course of investigation, the Honourable Minister forwarded to the Commission, documents in support of the petition revealing sponsorship deals amounting to one billion and fourteen million naira (N1.14 billion) and one million, and fifty five thousand United States Dollars ($1.55 Million) dated 7th August, 2018.

EFCC uncovered sponsorship deals with twenty one corporate organizations in the line of investigation.

It further revealed that between the years 2008 and 2018, eleven out of the 21 corporate organizations made sponsorship payment of the sum of five billion, two hundred and eighty eight million, nine hundred and ninety thousand Naira (N5,288,990,000.00) and one million, five hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars.

Some of the sponsors include Cadbury Nigeria, Coca Cola, IX Bet, Aiteo Group, Brila Sports Radio, WINN (Simba Group), Wapic Insurance, Guiness Nigeria, Globacom, IGI Insurance and Nigeria Breweries [see attached].

NFF is yet to respond to inquiries sent by ElombahNews over the fraud allegations levelled against it.

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