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
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.