The Federal Government on Tuesday withdrew the corruption charges instituted against five officials of the Nigeria Football Association, including its president, Amaju Pinnick.
Pinnick had been charged to court for alleged fraud to the tune of $8.4 million and N4 billion. Other top scribes of the NFF including first Vice-President Seyi Akinwunmi, second Vice-President Shehu Dikko, Secretary-General Sanusi Mohammed and Executive member of the NFF Yusuf Fresh were also charged to court.
The case which was instituted in May 2019 by the now disbanded Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property, involved the alleged misappropriation of the sums of $8.4m and N4bn belonging to the NFF by the five defendants.
The charges were on Tuesday, November 5 withdrawn by the Federal Government who had taken over the case from the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SPIP).
The application for withdrawal was not opposed by defence lawyer, Mohammed Katu.
This development is a huge relief for Pinnick and the other top NFF officials who in September had several of their properties seized by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).