Return donors’ money now, group tells Onyali

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By Ben Efe

A group of concerned sports enthusiasts have threatened to drag former African sprint champion, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission with regards to her involvement with an illegal organisation, which raised money under the guise of Nigeria Olympic Solidarity movement.

Onyali-Omagbemi and one other individual, Jide Fashikun allegedly raised over N30m from public and private organisations that were made to believe they were contributing to the development of Nigerian sports.

*Mary Onyali Omagbemi

However, the Nigerian Olympic Committee and the Nigerian Olympians Association have since distanced themselves from the initiative and warned Onyali-Omagbemi to desist from using their names for illegal activities.

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“This is clearly a fraudulent activity and we are calling on Onyali and her cohorts to refund the monies they collected. We are going file a petition to the EFFC if they don’t return the money to those they collected it from.

“Afe Babalola alone gave N20 million. There are many others to whom they wrote letters,” said Ahmed Gara Gombe.

Also former 400m hurdler, Henry Amike who is president of the NOA lamented that Onyali-Omagbemi has acted in error, by associating herself with the deceitful scheme.

“I don’t not understand why a reputable athlete like Onyali should get involved in such a mess. She has to explain herself.”

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Onyali-Omagbemi failed to respond to a phone call and a text message sent to her phone yesterday. She is one of those said to be eyeing a spot on the would be board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria having secured a position, as Athletes’ Representative on the board of the Confederation of Africa Athletics.

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