The First vice-president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chief Mike Umeh, has been nabbed by officials of the country’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over his alleged involvement in a money laundering crime where the EFCC disclosed that he acted as an accomplice in a multi-billion naira deal.
The former Team Manager of the victorious Dream Team I, in the words of the EFCC spokeman Wilson Uwujaren has been charged together with the former Governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa.
Umeh, who is also a former chairman of Rangers International of Enugu was arrested in Lagos on Monday and then transferred to Sokoto, in North West Nigeria.
The top football official will appear before Justice Bello Abass of the Sokoto high court on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has declined to comment on the issue as it does not concern the federation. And that the only link is that, Chief Umeh is a board member and the Vice President of the NFF, but the issue is to all extent a personal one.
NFF Director of Communication, Ademola Olajire said: “The issue mentioned has nothing to do with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
“It is a very sensitive matter and the NFF cannot make a categorical statement at the moment.
“The NFF is aware of the position and is continuing to monitor its progress.”