Police arrests NPL accountant

NPF officer © Reuters

by George Akpayen 07 February 2012, 13:30

The Nigeria Police has reportedly arrested the accountant of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), Joe Ogbowie, over the missing N12 million (about $75,000).
Acting Executive Secretary of the NPL, Tunji Babalola confirmed to SuperSport.com that Ogbowie was apprehended by two of the police anti-robbery squad on Tuesday morning over the alleged missing money from the coffers of the Premier League.
“Yes I can confirm to you that he has been arrested this (Tuesday) morning by the police,” began Babalola over the telephone.
The NPL official further explained to SuperSport.com that the police had to be invited into the matter after the accountant admitted in a written note to pay back the N12 million allegedly missing from the league body’s bank account.
The undertaking of the NPL accountant has been handed over to the police to continue investigation into the alleged missing N12 million.
“He wrote an undertaking that he will pay back the money, but since the money is not my personal money or even the board, we had to bring in the police to do proper investigation which has led to his arrest.
“The matter is now with the police and I am sure that after they question him, we will get to the root of the matter, as we are still shocked how he got the signatures of the signatories to the account of the NPL,” said Babalola.
The NPL scribe had earlier informed SuperSport.com this week that the league arbiter will commence investigation into the missing money and explained that the invitation of the police is one of the ways to carry inquest into the matter.

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