By Olawale Ayeni, Abuja
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has stated that they have been vindicated after the refund of the missing $ 130,000 mistakenly paid to Nigeria by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2017.
Recall that $150,000 instead of USD 20,000 was paid by IAAF to Nigeria as grant for the 2017 Confederation of Africa Athletics Golden League in Warri, Delta State.
This was contained in a statement signed by the
Chairman, Media Committee of AFN Amanzi Marcus, according to the AFN president Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, commended the sports minister Sunday Dare over the full payment of money adding that it has portray the country in good light, and also vindicated the current AFN board.
“Here is found the joy of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, stakeholders of Athletics and the generality of Nigerians: the full payment of the USD 130,000 has at last been effected and despite coming late, AFN is very grateful to the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development” he said.
“AFN president, lbrahim Shehu Gusau, have at last been vindicated over the IAAF missing money”
“However, when the athletics governing body realised its mistake, and sought for refund of the overpaid USD 130,000, Gusau immediately took action to save the country from embarrassment”.
Recall, that stakeholders blamed the AFN led by Gusau for the problem despite available information to the contrary while others commented honestly while the ugly scenario lasted.
Earlier in April 2019, Gusau petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to investigate the matter of the World Athletics money with a view to clearing his name and maintaining his integrity. Investigation has commenced.
It would be noted that former Minister Solomon Dalung, approved half payment of USD 65,000 in May 2019 which was paid in June while Sunday Dare approved the balance in October 2019 which has been received by World Athletics and acknowledged with a commendation for the sports ministry ensuring full and final reimbursement of the money.