Diversion of Ighalo’s €10,000 transfer benefit: Make your findings public soon, SWAN tells Osun lawmakers
By Ekene Agbor Osogbo
The Osun State Chapter of the Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has called on Osun State House of Assembly to thoroughly investigate the alleged diversion of 10,000 Euro of what Osun United and indeed the State should benefit from the transfer loan of Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua, China to Manchester United, England.
The sports writers, particularly, charged the House Committee on Youth and Sports, to make the findings of its investigations public soon.
SWAN, in a statement by the Chairman, Tope Alabi and the Secretary, Timothy Agbor lauded Osun lawmakers for inviting concerned parties and individuals for investigation and questioning towards unveiling those behind the alleged protracted diversion of the funds meant for the uplift of the state’s own team into private pockets.
SWAN said the exercise of the lawmakers would be in futility if they fail to unravel the alleged involvement of the commissioner for youth and sports Mr. Yemi Lawal and other officers of the ministry including one Mr. Layi Adesiyan, Mr Ololade and Mr Agunlejika in the diversion saga.
SWAN noted the said fund statutorily belongs to the state government that owns and finances the team and therefore, any attempt by individuals or group to divert the fund from the purse of government is seen as fraud which should be investigated and the culprits be brought to book accordingly.
The statement reads, “SWAN is not unmindful of the plot of alleged culprits to want to sweep the matter under carpet and cover their unchecked corrupt practices along with their accomplices, we therefore restate our commitment to truth, justice and transparency in tacking the teething challenges bedeviling the growth of sports sports in our dear State.
“We call on the House Committee on Sports to conduct thorough investigation into the allegation, made their findings as soon as possible and also ensure that the subsequent funds are paid into account of the state government as appropriate and block leakages.”
Tajudeen Amodu, the media officer of Osun United FC, had claimed that the £10, 000 the club got as part of Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo’s transfer fee was kept with the Osun State Ministry of Sports.
The money was reportedly diverted into private accounts.
But Amodu insisted the money was not missing, saying it’s in the custody of the state’s sports ministry.
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