Sports Minister Dalung, others keep mum over IAAF money Nigeria illegally pocketed
A former official says Mr Dalung approved the spending of the money. Two years on, Nigeria has refused to refund the credit transferred in error.
On Monday, the International Association of Athletics Federations said it had done everything possible to get the $130,000 it mistakenly paid to Nigeria but said the Athletic Federation of Nigeria had refused to pay up.
But some officials have told PREMIUM TIMES Mr. Dalung knew too well about the money, and was the person who authorised the funds be disbursed.
A former president of the Lagos Branch of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Fred Edoreh, described the present situation as a “national disgrace”.
The IAAF senior manager for governance, Jee Isram, noted in the letter: “You were informed on 18 March 2018 by our CEO of a payment made by the IAAF to the bank account of your federation on 17 May 2017. A sum of 150,000 US Dollars was transferred by the IAAF of which 130,000 US Dollars were wrongfully credited
“There is no need in maligning people and telling lies about them if you don’t have facts,” Mr Thomas said.
“There were series of letters between the IAAF and AFN , during the African Championships in Asaba, Sebastian Coe came with other big wigs of IAAF and the issue was raised again and promises were made that the money will be paid but they did not refund it.
Contacted by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Dalung said, “I only saw the purported letter on the social media and government communication are not done on social media, I only react and work on letters brought to me in my official capacity.
“How does an issue affecting the sports ministry affect the exit of Solomon Dalung? So IAAF is going to politics.
“Whoever did this must be punished, because if anybody sent money to you in error no matter the amount, as an honest person you are not even meant to spend it much more now talking of refund.
“If Dalung is someone that thinks well before acting, he would have known that this is very dangerous and could backfire.
“The account of the AFN is not controlled by the Ministry of Sports, we are not signatories to it,” he added.
He said Nigerian athletes were already facing poor treatement because of the controversy.Read more: Premium Times
He ought to have made enough from fixing $130,000 for two years. Greed! What a disgrace you are Dalung, return this money. This man no wise at all Thief everywhere MBuhari . Yawale do something because this is national disgrace Money wey dem don share finish Another history has been made . PDP 16 years caused the over payment of iaaforg
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