Nigeria’s anti graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched a large scale investigation into alleged official corruption, diversion and theft of football sponsorship monies by the League Management Company (LMC), led by the 2nd Vice President, Nigeria Football Federation, Shehu Dikko.
EFCC, in a missive written to state football associations across the country, a copy of which was made available to Judicial Sketch, requested the state FAs to disclose if their states parade an NPFL side, and to further furnish it with detailed information on sponsorship monies they have received from LMC in the past 10 years.
The letter which emanated from EFCC headquarters in Abuja with reference no CR.300/EFCC/ABJ/CTGIPS.HQ 3/Vol.01/344 signed by head of AMCON desk, Ibrahim Musa, said the commission was investigating a case of diversion of funds, official co-option, and stealing, “in which the need for clarification from you has become imperative.”
The commission requested the state football governing bodies to hand over to it the certified true copies of responses containing the names of their NPFL club sides, and also confirm if they have received sponsorship monies paid to the club in the last 10 years and urging the clubs to disclose the amount and account number into which the monies were paid by the LMC.
The anti graft agency appealed to the leadership of the state football associations to arm the agency with vital information that would assist to unravel evidences that are vital and related to the matter currently under investigation.
EFCC said the request for documents and important information relating to the alleged misappropriation of funds meant for the football league from the state football association was bought pursuant to the provisions of section 38(1) of the EFCC Establishment Act, 2004.