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Pinnick, 4 Others Face July 1st Date In Court

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Melvin Amaju Pinnick faces a date in court on July 1st, along with four other top shots of the soccer governing body, following a ruling over alleged misuse of funds.

Pinnick and the other four NFF officials were ordered by Justice Ifeoma Ojukwu to appear at the court in Abuja, where the prosecution lawyer, Celsius Ukpong says football top shots will face a number of charges.

Ukpong, who is representing Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP), a Nigerian agency for the recovery of public funds and property, said Pinnick will be joined in the July 1st hearing by the NFF’s first vice-president, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi.

Also to appear with them are the second vice-president, Mallam Shehu Dikko, technical committee chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf (Fresh) and general-secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi.

He disclosed that the charges against them include alleged failure to declare their assets, alleged disappearance of $8.4m paid by the global soccer body, FIFA to Nigeria for participation at the 2014 World Cup and expending funds on international friendly matches that do not hold.

Ukpong said: “We are expecting the accused persons, the defendants, to come to court and take their plea.”

However, Pinnick and the others have already denied all charges against them, going on to tag each point raised as ‘frivolous and baseless.’

NFF’s director of communications, Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport: “Our lawyer is handling the matter and the NFF will only make a statement at the appropriate time.

“The NFF is focused on important football matters and the priority is to ensure all our teams succeed.”

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