Court orders arrest of NFF President, Amaju Pinnick

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A Federal High Court In Abuja on Monday issued a bench warrant against the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and four other officials of the NFF accused of misappropriating funds belonging to the football body.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the order after the case involving the NFF officials was called and they were absent in court.
Others to be arrested are NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh.
The Federal Government had earlier this year filed a 17-count charge, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/93/2019, before the court.
The officials were 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 state of the Russia 2018 World Cup.
The defendants are also accused of “moving dishonestly and intentionally the sum of about N4bn” belonging to the NFF without the consent of the NFF.
The judge gave the order for the arrest of the defendants upon an oral application by the prosecution lawyer, Celcius Ukpong when the case was called and the defendants were absent

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