Amaju Melvin Pinnick is the current president of the Nigeria Football Federation. He is also First Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). He was elected to his first term in September 2014.
Amaju Pinnick (born in 1971) is the fifteenth child in a family of nineteen children. He was born to a polygamous father, the late Chief Oritsetimeyin Japhet Pinnick. He is the last child from the mother’s side. Pinnick was the head of Hussey College debate team his high school days.
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He graduated from the University of Benin in 1994 where he studied Political Science/Public Administration. Amaju Pinnick married Julie Pinnick and they have three children. He loves swimming and relaxing by spending quality time with his family by watching movies.
Amaju Pinnick started his career as the Chairman of the Delta Sports Commission in 2010. Subsequently, he was appointed Chairman of Delta State Football Association in 2011.
Pinnick worked in the Technical Study Group (TSG) under Walter Gagg during FIFA sojourn in Nigeria. He worked with the Event Manager, Michael Bakini. This made him become one of the direct aides to the FIFA President, Mr. Joseph Sepp Blatter.
AFCON appointed him as president on 8 May 2017 and NFF President on 20 September 2018, Pinnick
Several news agencies made publications alleging fraud in the NFF in January 2019. President Muhammadu Buhari ordered The Department of State Security placed a travel ban on him pending an investigation.
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The Presidency of Nigeria made a press release to that effect on 6 January 2019. It stated that it had neither ordered the arrest or placed a travel ban on the NFF president.