Embattled presidnet of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Ibrahim Gusau has denied allegations levelled against him that he is culpable for the missing sum of $135,000 that was sent to the track and field body in error by International Association of Athletics Federations.
The controversy got to a head in midweek, with some board members of the AFN ganging up fiercely against Gusau and delcared that he had been impeached, but he is now fighting back with a delcaration of innocence.
Gusau stated during Mega Sports’ programme on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that he is unaware of anything that has to do with the IAAF grant, which was meant to be $15,000 but errenously upgraded to $150,000 in 2017.
The global body for athletics has repeatedly reminded Nigeria of the need to return the excess balance and then issued a veiled threat early this month, failing which sanctions would be handed out to the country.
However, immedaite past sports mijister, Barrister Solomon Dalungf, who sources say is heading back for a second term in office under the new administration, fired back bodly last weekend, with a declaration that no hammer can come down on Nigeria, because the country has not erred.
That boast might have inspired some of the AFN board memebers, led by highly outspoken technical committee chairman, Brown Ebewele, who is an ex-international athlete, to move for Gusau’s impeachment.
He has, however, raised salient points to back his innonce, while alleging in return that there is a scheme against him from the sports ministry.
Gusau stated: “I present my self innocent and hereby invite at the anti-graft bodies, p0lice, EFCC, ICPC, others to investigate me.
“Everyone is castigating me all over the place, on radio, television, in newspapers; they say I am the one responsible.
“That is not true, because I am not the one in charge of money matters for the AFN, and I don’t know anything about the IAAF grant.
“I don’t approve any payment, I don’t approve any schedule. There are two people that should be asked about this matter not me.
“The problem, though, is that those two people are loyal to the sports ministry, but I charge you to be objective in this matter.”