Nigeria to probe suspended FIFA official over bribery

20:57, November 19, 2010      

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Nigeria's anti corruption police said they have formally invited the indicted FIFA official, Amos Adamu, to appear before it.

Spokesman for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)Femi Babafemi told reporters on Thursday that the commission had also requested FIFA to avail it the full report of the ethics committee to help in its investigation.

"As soon as we heard of the decision of the ethics committee on Adamu and five others this morning, the chairman directed that a formal letter be sent to Adamu, requesting him to appear before the Commission's operatives," he said in response to Adamu's suspension by the FIFA Ethics Committee.

"EFCC has also written to FIFA to obtain the report on Adamu because what we have is not the report but a statement, so we want a full report," he added.

Babafemi said although the commission had not heard from Adamu since the news broke out in October, it would swing into full action with the latest development from the football ruling body.

"The commission has been on this matter from the day it broke out but it needed to wait for the final verdict since FIFA's ruling on the matter at that time was provisional," it added.

"I can assure you that he will appear before a team of investigators but at the moment, he is not in the country," he told reporters.

The EFCC spokesman assured that the commission would file charges and prosecute Adamu when it gathered the needed evidences against him.

The anti-graft agency had vowed to investigate and prosecute Adamu over allegations leveled against him in the wake of the bribery scandal in October.

Adamu and five others were banned from taking part in any football-related activity at all levels for between one to four years.

A Nigerian-born FIFA executive committee member, Adamu was handed down a three-year ban with a fine of CHF 10,000.

Source: Xinhua


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