FRAUD Allegations: Presidency Breaks Silence On Pinnick, Others
Media reports claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari has placed a travel ban and ordered the arrest of NFF President Amaju Pinnick for massive fraud has been described as FAKE NEWS.
Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President cleared the air in a press statement issued late Sunday night to address media reports suggesting that President Buhari has been briefed on investigations on the NFF and has made some orders to the EFCC and others in that respect.
“A press release in circulation in the last 24 hours, to the effect that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Amaju Pinnick, the NFF Chairman, is fake news because anyone familiar with the President’s unmitigated and unshakable commitment to the due processes of the law will not make such assumptions of the President,” Mr. Shehu said in the statement
“The position of the president that allegations of criminal nature should be addressed only by investigation and law enforcement agencies, within the framework of the law has not changed.
“It is not in the nature of President Buhari to say go and arrest that man or woman as formed the practice in the past.
“Rather, he allows all allegations of this nature to be addressed using the mechanism of the rule of law even as law enforcement and investigation agencies should not in any way be hampered in performing their duties.”
While the president has distanced himself from the rumours, his media aide warned that nobody should seek to influence the course of investigations.
It is being alleged that the NFF had received total inflow of $16,417,761 from FIFA and CAF between January, 2014 and June, 2016 and such monies have not been properly accounted for.
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