NFF Crisis: FG to probe Maigari over N2.8bn WC grants, two-year subventions

Federal Government has instituted a probe into the activities of the sacked Aminu-Maigari led Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) in the aftermath of the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
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Minister of Sports and Chairman, Tamuno Danagogo, in a letter to NFF Chairman, Aminu Maigari, dated July 2, 2014, demanded explanations to a number of expenses and grants already released to the Football House.

The letter, endorsed on behalf of the minister by Justice Joffa, asked the NFF Chairman to account for all monies received from the Federal Government, sponsors and the Federation of International Football (FIFA).

The letter, entitled, “Account for Funds”, asked the NFF Chairman to account for the funds within 48 hours.

The funds include the N150 million monthly Federal Government subvention to the NFF from January 2013 to date, amounting to N2.850 billion, and another N850 million grant released by the Federal Government for the preparation and participation of the Super Eagles in the first round of matches for World Cup, Brazil 2014.

The minister also demanded that the NFF explain how it spent another $1.5 million (about N240m) FIFA grant it received for the preparation of Super Eagles for the World Cup.

Sports Minister, in the letter, also asked the NFF to provide details of how it intended to spend the $14 million expected from FIFA for Super Eagles’ participation in the second round of the World Cup.

Besides, the letter also indicated that the NFF President must refund the sum of $3.6 million advanced by President Goodluck Jonathan for payment of players appearance fees, adding that the money was not a donation.