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7 Jan 2019

Controversy As President Denies Ordering The Prosecution Of NAF's Pinnick

The Presidency on Sunday disowned a press statement in circulation suggesting that President Muhammadu Buharihad ordered the arrest and prosecution of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Amaju Pinnick, over alleged financial fraud.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, gave Buhari’s position on the matter.

It explained that Buhari would not jump investigation to order anybody’s arrest or prosecution.

The Presidency stated, “A press release in circulation in the last 24 hours, to the effect that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Amaju Pinnick, the NFF Chairman, is fake news because anyone familiar with the President’s unmitigated and unshakable commitment to the due processes of the law, will not make such assumptions of the President.
“The position of the President that allegations of criminal nature should be addressed only by investigation and law enforcement agencies, within the framework of the law has not changed.

“It is not in the nature of President Buhari to say ‘go and arrest that man or woman’ as formed the practice in the past.

“Rather, he allows all allegations of this nature to be addressed, using the mechanism of the rule of law even as law enforcement and investigation agencies should not in any way be hampered in performing their duties.

“At the same time, nobody should drop names to seek to influence the course of those investigations.”

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