ICPC assures thorough investigation over missing IAAF $135,000

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Following the missing $135,000 IAAF funds, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) has assured stakeholders of a meticulous investigation.

The missing $135,000, came as an excess of a grant paid by the international athletics body IAAF, and was earlier declared missing until officials of the AFN said it was spent on the purchase of kits and payment of athletes’ allowances for last year’s Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba.

Though Solomon Dalung, ex-Minister of Sports, said the money was diverted, a statement by the AFN quoted the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Olusade Adesola, as saying “there was no issue of diversion of funds.”

Until last Thursday when a reconciliation meeting was held in Abuja, the AFN board members were divided.

The aggrieved board members, despite the reconciliation meeting, insisted that the AFN president, Shehu Gusau, be investigated.

When contacted, the ICPC confirmed that it had received a letter from Gusau seeking that the expenditure of the missing fund be investigated.

ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said the letter was received by the anti-graft agency on June 3.

“We will do our work thoroughly. The AFN president actually wrote to invite ICPC to investigate,” she said.

When contacted on the telephone, EFCC spokesperson, Orilade Tony, couldn’t confirm the receipt of a similar letter.

“We receive a lot of letters daily. I cannot give you any authoritative information on the matter for now,” he said.

Gusau in the letter gave a brief detail of the grant’s payment and clarified that the fund was paid before he took over as the board chairman.

A copy of the letter submitted by Gusau read in part, “I am inviting the (ICPC) chairman to investigate the AFN. This is due to some allegation involving the IAAF missing $135,000.

“This has caused a great deal of disrepute to Nigeria as a nation. May you please investigate to establish the veracity of the matter. It is expedient that this investigation is carried out immediately.”