The chief executive of Aiteo, the main sponsor of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has been named in the bribery allegations against former Nigerian oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, according to various reports.
According to Premium Times and also published by Sahara Reporters, three London properties linked to the alleged bribery of Alison-Madueke have been frozen under the UK Proceeds of Crime Act, with at least one of them belonging to Aiteo boss Benedict Peters.
The order, issued in September 2016 and obtained by Africa Confidential, forbids defendants Benedict Peters, Alison-Madueke, Atlantic Energy’s Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore, Christopher Aire (a jeweller for Alison-Madueke) and Donald Amamgbo (her cousin) from disposing of or dealing with the properties.
Peters’ company Aiteo has also been linked to the 2015 INEC bribery scheme that saw Alison-Madueke’s son, Ugonna Madueke, distribute $115million to INEC officials via Fidelity Bank in 2015.
The reports further said efforts to reach the Aiteo boss to state his own case have so far proved abortive.
In April, the NFF signed a much-celebrated sponsorship deal worth 2.5 billion Naira with Aiteo that will guarantee the salaries of the various national teams.
However, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has not been paid for the past three months despite claims by top NFF officials to the contrary.
The NFF subsequently signed another agreement with the same oil company to be the title sponsorship of the country’s cup competition.
But the organisers are yet to receive sponsorship money for the annual tournament, which has now reached the Round of 64.
Instead, the NFF have directed that organising state FAs as well as the various clubs involved in the competition now share the gate takings for their cup games.