Adamu argues Nigerian authorities can’t pursue him

Suspended FIFA official Amos Adamu has asked Nigeria’s high

court to keep authorities in the country from investigating him

over the World Cup vote-selling scandal.

Court papers show that Adamu’s lawyer, Niyi Ayoola-Daniels,

requested the order in Abuja on Monday.

The order says Nigeria’s anti-graft bodies, police and courts

”lack the authority” to question Adamu, who was banned for three

years by the ethics panel for world football’s governing body on

Nov. 18 after being linked to bribe-taking in a British newspaper’s

undercover sting.

Adamu was absent but said in an affidavit he is concerned by

comments from Nigerian authorities.

No decision was made and the case was adjourned until Jan.


Femi Babafemi, a spokesman for Nigeria’s Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he

had only read about Adamu’s court request in the media.

”How can somebody be abroad and be speculating that we want to

arrest him?” asked Babafemi, adding that Adamu hadn’t returned to

Nigeria since leaving just as the scandal broke.

Reynald Temarii of Tahiti, the president of Oceania’s

confederation, was also suspended for one year for breaching FIFA’s

loyalty and confidentiality rules when he was secretly filmed in

the undercover sting.

With Adamu and Temarii suspended, 22 FIFA ruling committee

members – instead of 24 – voted in the World Cup secret ballots on

Dec. 2 in Zurich to award the 2018 tournament to Russia and the

2022 edition to Qatar.