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Fresh N54m scandal rocks AFN as Ogba resigns

Former president of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, Solomon Ogba (L) pointing out a thing of interest to former sports minister Solomon Dalung when the minister inspected the Late Stephen Keshi stadium Asaba ahead of the 2018 Africa Athletics Championship.
Former president of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, Solomon Ogba (L) pointing out a thing of interest to former sports minister Solomon Dalung when the minister inspected the Late Stephen Keshi stadium Asaba ahead of the 2018 Africa Athletics Championship.

A former president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Solomon Ogba has been accused of misappropriating $150,000 grant given to the federation by the World Athletics in 2018.

A board member, Brown Ebewele in an interview yesterday said there is no one else but the former AFN president, Ogba to account for the money.

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When asked if he was sure the money was received by the former president, the ex- Edo State Director of Sports replied “Who collected it? It’s him. Ogba said the money was sent to the LOC but who was the chairman of LOC and what business does IAAF have with LOC? They deal with the federation.

“It’s only in Nigeria that is like a banana republic that anybody will do anything and get away with it, Solomon Ogba is talking nonsense,” he said.

Meanwhile, the man in the eye of the storm has denied any wrong doing and also tendered his resignation as a board member.

Prior to his resignation, Ogba accused the top officials of the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development of being responsible for all the problems that have bedevilled the federation in recent times.

He also said his refusal to play ball with the officials who he didn’t name has led to the recent accusations against him.

“The level of interference is too much and the only option left is to resign which I did early in the morning.

“When we talk about interference, I am talking about the sports ministry. For instance, when the ministry held a meeting with some board members to impeach the President earlier this year and they wanted me to be a rubber stamp to that.

“There was a congress called by the President and board meeting, they scuttled effort of the federation to do that and they are trying to call a separate board meeting in Abuja tomorrow (Tuesday) I will not be part of that,” he declared.

The recent scandal involves a $150,000 the World Athletics had sent to assist the AFN in preparation for the championships in 2018, but the money remains unaccounted for and board members of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) will be looking to unravel how the money disappeared when they hold their board meeting in Abuja today.

It was gathered that the money was paid into a private account which is against the standard procedure and this could not have been possible without the authorisation of the President or Secretary General of the AFN.

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