The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) marked houses belonging to the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick and 2nd vice-president of the NFF, Shehu Dikko over fresh corruption investigations on Friday.
Dikko, who was out of the country at the time had his residence at River Benue, Maitama, Abuja sealed today while Pinnick’s Park View Estate, Lagos mansion was also placed under investigations by operatives of the ICPC.
The ICPC confirmed both residences belonging to Dikko and Pinnick have been placed under investigation in a post on microblogging site Twitter on Friday.
This development comes amid new allegations of misappropriation of funds meant for the development of Nigerian football levied against the NFF and its leadership.
The NFF under Pinnick, Dikko and 1st vice-president Seyi Akinwunmi has been buffeted by numerous corruption investigations by various Nigerian antigraft agencies including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SPIP).
TheCable quotes ICPC spokesperson Rasheedat Okoduwa as saying that the agency’s action against the NFF bigwigs is distinct from other parallel investigations against the football house by other antigraft agencies
“It is true that ICPC sealed Shehu Dikko’s Maitama residence this morning. He is being investigated with others over fresh corruption charges. It has nothing to do with the cases of SPIP or EFCC,” Okoduwa told TheCable.
However, both houses have now been unsealed and the markings wiped off with both men due to attend court hearings on Monday.