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ICPC seals NFF vice president, Shehu Dikko’s residence over corruption allegation
THE Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences (ICPC) on Friday sealed the residence of the second vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Shehu Dikko in Abuja.
Dikko’s house on No. 1 River Benue, Maitama was sealed by operatives of the Commission after securing a forfeiture order from a Federal High Court, Abuja.
Spokesperson of ICPC, Rasheedat Okoduwa who confirmed that the NFF’s chief house was sealed, said the action was in line with an ongoing investigation on a fresh corruption allegation in the Federation.
According to Okoduwa, the ongoing investigation is targeted at revealing alleged financial irregularities in the football association, with Dikko and other executives inclusive.
“Yes it was sealed by the ICPC,” she told The ICIR.
“It’s because we have an investigation that is ongoing regarding some fresh allegation against him and some other persons. That’s why the house was sealed”
When asked to name other officials of NFF being investigated, Okoduwa replied, “I wouldn’t tell you that because the investigation is still ongoing, and those other persons are still be run-down, so I can’t say too much regarding them, you guys would be informed in due course of time”
She would also not disclose the amount of money involved arguing that disclosing such would jeopardise the investigation.
“I can’t give you such information. If I give you clue into the allegation, that would keep-off those other persons that I say are involved, and they would go into hiding,” Okoduwa said.
“I’m not going to tell you now, but as I said, as its unfolds, you will get to know. We would issue a statement about the development.”
The NFF has long been under the surveillance of the various Anti-graft agencies, such as the ICPC, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SPIP).