The president of the Nigerian Football Association Amaju Pinnick can push an egg of relief. On Tuesday 5th November a Nigerian court announced that the charges against the vice-president of the African Football Confederation and his colleagues had been dropped.
Amaju Pinnick and four of her colleagues prosecuted in a corruption case no longer have anything to fear before the courts in their country. The Abuja High Court of Justice judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, said she had no “other choice” but to drop the charges. In total, 17 charges were brought against the Nigerian round leather leader and his colleagues. This includes an alleged embezzlement of $10 million from Fifa to the NFF. On several occasions, their trial has been postponed.
In Nigeria, the anti-corruption committee was dissolved by the Muhammadu Buhari government over a suspected case of a false diploma held by its president. According to Voa, the judge’s decision does not put an end to the NFF President’s legal problems. The Nigerian state had seized properties belonging to Pinnick shortly after his exclusion from his position as CAF vice-president.