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Nigeria to investigate corruption

By Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport, Lagos

Amos Adamu
Amos Adamu has set up an inquiry into corruption in Nigerian football

The Nigeria Sports Commission (NSC) has set up an six-man inquiry team to investigate allegations of corruption in the local league.

The NSC is the Nigerian equivalent of the sports ministry.

The inquiry is a response to comments from former Kano Pillars coach Kadiri Ikhana.

In May just a few days after leading Kano Pillars to the Nigerian title Ikhana announced he was quitting the game in the country because of what he alleges is a "corrupt system."

Former Nigeria Football Association chairman Dominic Oneya heads up the team, which has been giving 18 working days to investigate the allegations and make any recommendations.

The director general of the NSC, Amos Adamu said: "The NSC thought it very wise that we should investigate these allegations of corruption.

"It is an opportunity we are giving to Nigerians, coaches, club owners, football administrators to come out and specifically mention how much corruption is in our football.

"We have a coach who has come out boldly to say he is tired of football because of corruption.

"Let them give us the details.

"We can assure you that any one that we can prove a case of corruption against will not have anything to do with football again, no matter highly placed that person is," said Adamu, who is also an executive member of both Fifa and Caf.

Adamu warned that while anyone found culpable would be punished, those making baseless claims would also face the music.

"Fifa, world football's governing body, does not condone corruption, but on the other hand it does not condone blackmail either," he added.




see also
Pillars could lose Nigeria title
05 Jun 08 |  African
Kano coach quits despite title
27 May 08 |  African
Kano Pillars win Nigerian league
26 May 08 |  African


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