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AFN Crisis: Olumide’s Faction Sets Up Panel To Probe Gusau



The crisis rocking the Athletics Federation of Nigeria took a new dimension yesterday as Olumide George-led faction of the federation set up investigation panel to probe the suspended president, Ibrahim Shehu Gusau. The investigative committee is headed by Afolabi Oluwole Olawale.

Inaugurating the committee yesterday at the AFN office in Abuja, Olumide, said that the terms of reference of the committee is to evaluate the PUMA sponsorships terms of engagement, possible payments made, equipment delivered to AFN and any other.

He said that the committee will evaluate the violation of the AFN Constitution, Article 6:6.1.4 by the suspended president in calling for Annual General Congress (AGC) of AFN without due process and examine the records of expenditure of major championships such as Africa U-18 and U-20 Athletics Championships in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, IAAF World Championships in London and Doha, Qatar in 2017 and 2019 respectively and ascertain the amount approved by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and genuineness of all payments. Viament.

The committee was also mandated to examine and evaluate factors responsible for the viament of funds meant for payment to athletes, coaches and officials allowance at international events, and identify and report the role and responsibility of the International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF on the hosting of world championships to athletes and officials.

The committee is also expected to identify and report any other matters for further investigation to relevant agencies, make recommendations that will ensure an improved and smooth Athletics Federation of Nigeria and any other recommendations as may be deemed fit by the committee.

The committee was given two weeks to conclude its assignment and submit the report.

Meanwhile, the minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare has said that he will set up a Crisis Resolution Team (CRT).

The sports minister made this known on his official twitter handle yesterday, stating that the interest of Nigeria and the athletes should be the ultimate priority than any personal interest.

“l will be announcing shortly the constitution of a Crisis Resolution Team (CRT) to look into the AFN crisis.”
“The interest of Nigeria and her athletes trumps every other consideration at this point” he tweeted.