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FG withdraws fraud charges against Pinnick

A federal high court in Abuja rejected Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigerian football federation (NFF) of charges bordering on frauds worth $8.4 million and N4 billion.

Sunusi Mohammed, secretary of the NFF; Seyi Akinwumi, the first vice president; Even Shehu Dikko, the second vice president and Yusuff Fresh, executive member, were dismissed from similar crimes by the court.

The defendants were never prosecuted.

On Tuesday, at the court session, a lawyer representing the federation attorney general (AGF) requested the revocation of the charges.

The AGF took the case of the Office of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Public Property Recovery (SPIP) which originally initiated the proceedings against the defendants.

The AGF stated that it had discovered that there was no basis for the allegations made against Pinnick and other NFF executive members.

In presenting his presentation, Mohammed Katu, the defendant’s lawyer, said: “We ask that, as the prosecution requested the revocation of the charges, the defendants must be acquitted.”

As a result, Judge Ijeoma Ojukwu ruled in favor of the defendants and rejected them.