The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has sealed off the Lagos residence of Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the Abuja residence of Shehu Dikko, 2nd vice-president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), were also sealed by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
This is following an order of forfeiture of the property by a federal high court on Friday.
The house is on River Benue, Maitama.
Our source understands that officials of the commission placed the house inside Parkview estate in Ikoyi, a highbrow area in Lagos, under lock, over corruption allegations levelled against Pinnick.
Earlier on Friday, the commission sealed off the Abuja residence of Shehu Dikko, second vice-president of the NFF.
Rasheedat Okoduwa, ICPC spokesperson, had told TheCable that Dikko’s residence was sealed because he and some NFF executives were under investigation.
A source told our reporter that some top NFF officials are currently on the run over fear of possible arrest.
The source added that the commission is investigating how the officials allegedly converted money meant for the federation to personal use.
Pinnick, Seyi Akinwunmi, first vice-president of NFF, Dikko, Mohammed Sanusi, secretary general of NFF and Yusuf Fresh, a board member, are expected to appear before a federal high court in Abuja on September 26, 2019, over diversion of FIFA grants reportedly running into billions of naira.
While denying corruption allegations levelled against the football body in the past, the officials have always said it is FIFA which reserves the right to probe the allegations.
Last month, there was a report on how the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the recovery of Public Property (SPIP) wrote to CAF on how NFF officials spent millions on an all-expense trip paid for by the continental body.
According to the ICPC, the investigation is to uncover financial malpractices in the football association, allegedly involving Dikko and other executives.
Rasheedat Okoduwa, ICPC spokesperson, told TheCable that Dikko’s property was sealed following fresh corruption charges against him and some other executives of the NFF.
“It is true that ICPC sealed Shehu Dikko’s Maitama residence this morning,” she said.
“He is being investigated with others over fresh corruption charges. It has nothing to do with the cases of SPIP or EFCC.”
The NFF has been on the watch-list of the anti-corruption agencies. The federation is also currently under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SPIP).
The executives of the federation have been accused of diverting funds meant for the association.