The Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the recovery of public property Okoi Obono Obla on Tuesday confirmed that the President of the Nigeria Football Federation was on Monday grilled by his Operative.
Obla, in an exclusive telephone interview with 99.9 Kiss FM Sports show in Abuja, confirmed that Amaju Pinnick was interrogated by its Operatives.
“The President of NFF was interrogated by our men, you know that we have several petitions against the NFF and we are inviting all those whose name was mentioned. We have capable hands that will do everything possible to get to the end of the matter; if necessary they will be charge to Court. Our power is derived from executive order 6. We have a combined operatives drawn from all the anti-graft agencies including the Nigeria police, EFCC, ICPC, NIA and the likes”, Obla told Kiss FM.
Breaking Times can report that the NFF president Amaju Pinnick and Vice-president Shehu Dikko were grilled for several hours in connection with conspiracy and alleged case of diversion of public funds at the NFF.
It was also gathered that Pinnick was directed by the panel not to travel overseas as he may still be needed for more questioning.
A Source who pleaded anonymity told Breaking Times at about 6:20pm on Monday at the premi
ses of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the recovery of public property that Pinnick and his lieutenants were being interrogated.
“Yes I can tell you that Pinnick and others are answering questions regarding the petitions written against them, the allegations are numerous and we may keep them in sight for days”. The Source stated.
Panel chairman, Okoi Obono Obla has maintained that there will be no sacred cow in this probe, stressing that Pinnick, whose name has been mentioned severally in the course of the investigation, will be called up should investigators deem it necessary.
“It is not in my chairmanship that anyone mentioned will be excluded,” Obla insisted.
“The investigators have their way of doing things, I don’t interfere and I can assure you that anybody whose name has been mentioned will be investigated.”
Pinnick’s invitation by the panel was received at the NFF secretariat on Thursday with aides claiming he was out of the country only for the NFF boss to attend several public functions locally thereafter.
The General Secretary of the NFF Mohammed Sanusi had written to the Panel asking for more time in order to finish the AFCON qualifiers game against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa this weekend before honouring the Panel’s invitation.
There are indications that they are however pointing accusing fingers to the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung for engineering the investigations.
More officials are also due to appear before the panel this week.