The president of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick has denied that he is under investigation. He was reacting to the reported of travel ban placed on him and an intending prosecution.
He remarked through his verified twitter account that he had been out of the country since Friday as he was in Accra Ghana for a meeting between the NFF and CAF partners, AITEO.
The NFF president also has official engagements in Senegal later next week. “In other words; no such ban is in place and no security agency has gotten in touch”, remarked the NFF president.
He went on to point out that the NFF recently published its audited accounts in ThisDay and Daily Trust newsapapers on Thursday the 20th of December, 2018 and on Tuesday the 25th of December, 2018 respectively.
The audited accounts were also published in The Vanguard Newspapers. “In effect, our finances are open for anyone to see. All incomes from the Federal Government, FIFA & CAF, since 2014 are reflected…”, the NFF remarked in the thread of tweets.
He also pointed out that prior to his appointment into the FIFA committees, he had to pass through intense integrity and eligibility tests.
“I was not found wanting. Two years ago, FIFA handed the NFF a clean bill of health in our financial management. Our accounts are audited by PwC; the same firm that audits FIFA.
“So it is quite laughable whenever these stories come out. And they come out, without fail, regularly, and from the same sources. Well, I’ll be talking to my lawyers to see what legal redress I can get, but it would be nice if our media houses investigated these things before publishing.
“I might not know every journalist in Nigeria, but I do know a few in just about every media house in the country. When these unfounded stories hit, it’s our football that suffers.
“Sponsors and perspective sponsors become wary of and about doing business with us. Surely we can be responsible about our reports? I’m hoping the more responsible media outlets will disregard these reports while assuring our partners and prospective partners that we are serious about taking our football upwards. Thank you very much and a very Happy New Year to you, Nigerians”, Pinnick concluded.