EFCC questions, releases Akinwunmi over alleged financial fraud
Vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi has been released by the country’s anti-corruption investigators after being questioned in an ongoing financial probe.
The investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is looking at wide-ranging fraud allegations over how money meant for football sponsorship and development cannot be properly accounted for, according to the agency.
Akinwunmi, head of Lagos State football’s governing body, confirmed he was questioned in the commercial city and was released from custody without any charge.
“I was indeed questioned as were/are numerous others as part of their wide ranging investigations,” Akinwunmi, who has always denied any wrongdoing, told BBC Sport on Saturday.
Investigations into alleged corruption have been conducted for the past three years and other top NFF officials have been interviewed. They have always denied any wrongdoing.
The NFF has been under scrutiny both on and off the pitch in recent months.
The Nigerian government dropped its corruption case against five officials of the football authority, including president Pinnick back in November.