The Chairman of Adamawa state Football Club, Mr Emmanuel Zira is accused of gross misconduct, Mischief and Mismanagement/Mis-appropriation of Adamawa United and Adamawa Queens football club’s funds.
A document made available to TGNEWS by a top Government official was a detailed petition yet to be designated where it will taking to of Zira’s abnormalities in handling the two clubs under the Ministry of Youth and sports.
The board members having Abdullahi Abdulkadir (Vice Chairman), Mohammed Salihu (Sporting Director), Idris Danburam ((Director Marketing) and Iliya Ayuba (Director Administration/Secretary co-signed a petition accusing Zira of defrauding the ministry over relegation cancellation of the state’s two teams.
According to the petition,3,500,000 was collected in disguise of a league registration of both Adamawa United and Adamawa Queens that were not made on time to avoid relegation and the said money was credited to his personal account.
“The ministry later discovered that was false, nothing of that nature has happened as reported by Nigeria football federation reached the ministry that the league ended as current match day 25 and that the point per game (PPG) table will be used to rank the teams, annexed A1.” The petition stated
In their petition, they accused Mr Zira that through his kangaroo act he has misled the Chief of Staff to the Governor of the state, Prof. Maxwell Gidado to replace him to be the signatory to the account of Adamawa United/Adamawa Queens in place of the permanent secretary.
According to the petition this is coming after the ministry took a disciplinary measures against him by placing him under investigation, stopped him from all activities of the club, pending the resolution on the N3,500,000 and replace him with the vice chairman who acted in that capacity as approved by the committee that indicted him.
Accusing him also, that Emmanuel replaced the permanent secretary of the ministry as the core signatory to the club’s account and further misled Prof Gidado to remove the two clubs to his prefer designation.
The petitioners raised sundry allegations accusing Zira to have withdrew thirty million naira (30,000,000) from the account of the club with Adamawa Homes and savings on the 22nd March, 2021 but later lavished in luxury without meeting the purpose of why it was withdrawn for the smooth running of the clubs, but operating in proxy and staying in expensive hotels with his kinsmen and friends.
With evidence of payments of raised allegations by the board members they said:
“We are also gathered that Zira paid himself 8,000,000 naira for just no reason which is equally at the detriment of the management without any checks and balance.
” This is why the club’s glaring relegation from the premier league due to his neglect and poor performance annex E1 is a letter for credit facility for the Thirty million naira (30,000,000).
“He unilaterally screened out the board members who registered the team for 2021 football season while he was under investigation appointed by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and inaugurated the same day with him (November, 5th 2020). He replaced them with his kinsmen, mostly his relations.
” He also replaced a female footballer with a male, Onwuchukwu Divine with Daniel Ahmed with their account numbers changed. How on earth a male plays amidst female?”
“He reviewed his monthly allowance from N250,000 to N450,000 and also reviewed Isa Ladan Boso appointed by him from initial N200,000 to N600,000, Tijjani Ahmed Salih from N50,000 to N100,000 and Joshua Stephen Zira from N60,000 to N150,000 among others without the consent of the commissioner of Youth and sports nor that of the Chief of Staff to Governor Fintiri who is answerable to him for supervision.
” We the board members whom fate were butchered by Mr Emmanuel Zira refusing us our mandate given to us by the Governor of Adamawa State, His Excellency, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and equally refused us our entitlement humbly pray for your expedient intervention to address the issue by suspending the board chairman, Mr Emmanuel Zira and withdraw his signatory mandate from operating the account to avoid further mistreat to the account and as well nullify the appointment of board members made by him and their payments, we request that all payments made to them be refunded back to the account pending your determination on the issue.”
While calling on the Governor, Football enthusiasts to rescue the use to be winning clubs in the country that has never been into any relegation, the petitioners said Zira lacks requisite skills and technical wills to pilot the affairs of the two clubs and hence the need for his removal and his replacement is germane at this critical time.
They said the ministry should be allowed to shopped for better and more experienced hand who are abound within the ministry and in the state.