Posted by News Express | 18 April 2015 | 4,943 times
Former General Manager of Kaduna United, Garba Lawal is facing a hard time for allegedly misappropriating money belonging to his former club, Kaduna United.
The retired Super Eagles star was recently relieved of his post and replaced by the former Chairman of the team, Sabo Babayaro.
Lawal is now under pressure over his failure to properly account for the sum of $150,000 paid by Celtic as part of a 20% sell on clause inserted in the deal that took Efe Ambrose to Ashdod of Israel.
The money realised from the deal ran into N30 million,which was reportedly paid into the club account and the returnee club chairman, Babayaro confirmed that the transaction took place but the money could not be found in the club’s bank account.
Babayaro made the revelation on Liberty Radio Sports Ride, an evening show on 91.7 FM anchored by Mohammed Mowiz Suleiman
“The money was paid last year into the account and from the transactions on the account it was withdrawn but for what purpose I don’t know as there is no documents on it” He said.
“Garba Lawal is the only one who can explain what the money was used for as I found out upon resumption players are yet to be paid 12 months salaries.
“How can you have such money and yet fail to pay people who sweat for the name of the team?
“I also discovered from the bank that he placed himself on a salary of 2 million Naira in three months; point to note here is that in my stay as the team chairman I have never been paid a dme as salary.”
Speaking on same issue media officer of the Garba Lawal lead board, Uba Ibrahim, also confirmed only Lawal can answer and explain what the money was used for.
“I don’t even know about the money, I’m hearing about it now, only Garba Lawal can explain what he did with the money” He said on the same programme and same station.
•Adapted from Newswatch Times. Photo shows Lawal.
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