Anti-graft body examines Nigerian football leaders
Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency plans to investigate current
and former leaders of the nation’s football federation.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission spokesman Femi Babafemi
told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the investigation
centers on former president Sani Lulu and former vice president
Babafemi said investigators are also looking at former technical
committee member Taiwo Ogunjobi and current general secretary
Babafemi made his comments after President Goodluck Jonathan
backed down on his threat to suspend the federation after Nigeria’s
poor performance at the World Cup. FIFA had been set to sanction
the country if Jonathan followed through on his threat.
Nigeria left the World Cup with just one point, earned in a 2-2
draw with South Korea in its last game. Nigeria lost to Argentina
1-0 in its Group B opener and fell to Greece 2-1 in a game turned
by the first-half ejection of midfielder Sani Kaita.
However, controversy followed the team during its brief
appearance in South Africa. Corruption allegations against the
federation’s management arose after officials fired coach Shaibu
Amodu in February and hired Swedish coach Lars Lagerback only about
four months before the World Cup.
Presidential spokesman Ima Niboro said last week that all funds
directed toward the Nigeria Football Federation would be examined
and “all those found wanting will be sanctioned.” Police
apparently entered the federation’s offices last week, though a
federation spokesman said the officers came only to oversee a
planned rally there.
Oil-rich Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, is often
considered by analysts and watchdog groups to have one of the
world’s most corrupt governments.
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Nigeria Football Federation: http://www.nigeriaff.com/