Officials Caution NPFL Clubs Against Assisting EFCC Over LMC Investigation
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has demanded from the twenty clubs in the Nigerian Professional Football League to confirm the amount of monies received from the League Management Company, LMC, in the last ten years.
This follows, after the LMC submitted to the antigraft agency that some amounts (millions of naira) have been given to the clubs in the NPFL in the last ten years.
EFCC, in a deliberate effort to confirm if the clubs received the amounts or not, wrote to them to know how much each club has gotten and compare the sum with what was written in their office.
Meanwhile, several top officials have said that the NPFL clubs have been told to ignore an order by anti-graft agency, EFCC, demanding to know the amount of sponsorship monies they have received from the League Management Company (LMC) in the last 10 years.
The investigation is to unravel alleged diversion of funds, official corruption and stealing.
In a letter dated March 4,2020, signed by Ibrahim Musa and addressed to the various state Football Associations, the EFCC demanded all NPFL clubs to provide it with certified true copy of sponsorship monies they have so far received from the LMC.
“The clubs have simply been told not to co-operate with this investigation so as not to expose the LMC,” one top official told SCORENigeria
“It’s like a similar letter to the FAs from the same anti-corruption agency last year asking to know whether they benefited from a development fund and also a seminar organised by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), which ran into many millions of Naira.”
It would be recalled that several top clubs raised alarm over missing prize monies and other grants many seasons after their top placings in the NPFL.
However, another official cautioned that refusal of the clubs to co-operate with the EFCC could also land them in hot water. “It means they are part of the conspiracy and that they can also go in for it,” he sounded a note of warning.