Amaju Pinnick, the president of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, and three other key officials can breathe a sigh of relief after the Federal High Court, Abuja withdrew the case of fraud against them.
On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the court made the decision following an application by the federal government to withdraw its case against Pinnick and others officials accused of mismanaging money gotten from the Federation of International Football Association, FIFA.
Other officials who were charged were the NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st vice-president, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd vice-president, Shehu Dikko and an executive member, Yusuff Fresh.
“The prosecution withdrew the charges against the defendants. And so we asked that the case be withdrawn. The court invoked section 355 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act to withdraw the charges,” a lawyer representing the NFF officials, Mohammed Katu, said on Tuesday.
The section quoted empowers the prosecution to withdraw its charges against the defendant where necessary.