Vice-president of Nigeria Football Federation, Mike Umeh (pictured below) has made a subtle hint that the fire that gutted the association’s building yesterday in Abuja was masterminded by the embattled President of the association, Aminu Maigari.
Umeh’s hint of accusation became obvious as he described the fire incident as an act of sabotage in an interview he granted sports journalists yesterday in Abuja.
His word: “A lot of corruption is going on in the Nigeria Football Federation. The fire incident is an act of sabotage.
“Of course it could be an act of sabotage if not what kind of fire (outbreak) is this? This happened during working hours. It did not happen during the night when we can say it was as a result of power failure (surge) during the night,” he said of the fire that was reported to have started from the office of the Accountant.
“I understand one of our big men was here watching the fire burning. The information I got was that the General Secretary was here watching the fire burning.”
Assistant police commissioner Abubakar Baba said at the scene of the fire incident, “We have begun investigations into the fire that broke out at the office of the NFF in Abuja in the morning (Wednesday).
“We have not made any arrests but we hope to ascertain what caused this fire among other things.”
In the petition, the petitioner alleged that the $2 million paid by the Federal Government, and $8 million paid by FIFA for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and the $1 million reserved by the Sani Abdullahi-led board for the furnishing of the Sunday Dankaro House, and secretariat of the NFF in Package B at the National Stadium, Abuja were all misappropriated by the Magairi-led NFF.
It was also alleged that the N790 million for the 2013 African Cup of Nations; the N170 million received for the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup in Brazil and the money paid by FIFA for the same were also embezzled.