Federal High Court In Abuja Orders Arrest Of NFF President, Pinnick Over Alleged Fraud

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the arrest of Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Melvin Pinnick and four other officials over misappropriating funds belonging to the football body.

The president of NFF Amaju Pinnick, the secretary, Sunsi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-president, Seyi Akinwumi; 2nd Vice-president, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh have been accused of alleged misappropriation of  $8,400,000 belonging to the football body. The money 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 Officials have also been accused of moving intentionally the sum of about N4billion belonging to the NFF without the consent of NFF

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the order of arrest of Pinnick and four other officials upon an oral application by the prosecutor lawyer Celcius Ukpong when the case was called and the defendants were absent.