PARALLEL BODY: TENEBE BOARD TAKES CASE TO EFCC
Gareth Tenebe-led Nigeria Football Association (NFA) added a new twist to the persistent crisis rocking the Nigerian football when it sent a strong-worded petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate what it called 'illegal/fraudulent collection of government funds without justification'.
In the petition made available to Daily Sunsports in Abuja, the Tenebe board sought the indulgence of the commission to investigate the financial crime committed by the Alhaji Aminu Maigari-led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board, freeze its account, arrest and try members of its board.
According to the letter written by Kayode Ajulo & Co. Castle of Law, the parallel NFA board noted: 'Our clients wish to seek the indulgence of your esteemed commission to cause an investigation in respect of the seemingly financial crimes committed by the following individuals…
'The aforementioned individuals whom we shall hereinafter referred to as suspects conspired amongst themselves with others to commit various financial crimes under the name of the Nigeria Football Federation and using the name of the Nigeria Football Association as tool in committing the said offences,' it noted.
It further insisted: 'These suspects under the guise of running an unregistered body; NFF, in gross violation of the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, had on a monthly basis collected over N158 million and presently still collect funds appropriated by the National Assembly to the Nigeria Football Association, whilst it illegally holds itself as the Nigeria Football Federation.'