*Replies Punch newspaper report
*Hits Isaac Danladi, Tunji Babalola below the belt
*New case of fraud lodged with Police
Harrison Jalla, the President of National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) has responded claiming in emphatic words and in details not yet in the public domain how the N244m controversial league money termed by Punch newspaper as “loot.”
We reproduce below his rejoinder which was expressly made available to www.gongnews.net (unedited). He exposed Nasarawa United FC boss, Barrister Isaac Danladi, Tunji Babalola and there is a fresh petition with the Police.
RE: CRISIS ROCKS NIGERIAN FOOTBALL OVER N244M TV MONEY
The attention of the National Association of Nigeria Footballers (NANF) has been drawn to the above publication by your newspaper The Punch of Sunday the 19th of February, 2017 on Page 60.
There have been series of publications in the media regarding the N244m TV money paid by Total Promotions. It is therefore imperative for NANF to make the record straight.
The NANF therefore as petitioners states categorically as follows:-
That the N244m was not a LOOT the media therefore should be careful about the word LOOT.
The N244m was actually an outstanding monies of TV right to the Nigeria Football League in the custody of Total Promotions Ltd (TPL) as holders of the TV right.
When the NANF initiated the idea to get the money paid to the Nigeria Football League, Total Promotions Ltd obliged, but insisted the money will be paid to a properly constituted Board of the Nigeria Football League.
Total Promotions ltd assured the money was intact but would be paid to a properly constituted Nigeria Football League Board. That was the point of disagreement when NANF petitioned the EFCC.
Considering the fraudulent manner in which the N244m was disbursed by Isaac Danladi, perhaps Total Promotions was right to have initially insisted that the money be paid to a properly constituted Nigeria Football League Board.
As we speak, the disbursement of the N244m was shrouded in secrecy even the percentage to the NANF was diverted to an illegal account with the connivance of Isaac Danladi.
That matter is currently under police investigation. The idea behind the NANF petition was to recover several millions of naira of football money to ensure the outstanding salaries, allowances and contract fees of players, coaches, and managers were paid, the Sterling Bank Loan of N128m to the Nigeria Football League was serviced, outstanding debts of NFL paid and running cost of the Nigeria Football League Secretariat is set aside.
None of the above initiative was achieved, the N244m was frittered away by frivolous claims which Isaac Danladi himself personally presided over.
I (Harrison Jalla) the progenitor of the idea to get the TV right money paid to the Nigeria Football League I never saw any list containing the disbursement and payment schedule to the beneficiaries.
But the NANF want to use this opportunity to assure all Football stakeholders that the NANF will immediately initiate proceedings to compel Isaac Danladi to publish the list of beneficiaries and schedule of payment of the N244m.
Football stakeholders reserve the right to know how the N244m was disbursed being a public fund.
The money was to be disbursed by the Baribote Board being funds paid in retrospect for services rendered, the EFCC actually contacted Chief Rumson Baribote to set up a committee for the disbursement being the Immediate past Chairman of NFL but Chief Baribote at the time was unavailable as he is currently pursuing a law degree at the Osun State University.
It was Tunji Babalola that connived and deliberately shifted the disbursement to Isaac Danladi led Club Owners Association.
Why would Sterling bank take over our football secretariat for an overdraft of N128m when we have N244m to service the loan?