Lady accused of fraud to organize match against corruption for Buhari
A Canada based lady Abi Goodman who is yet to absolve herself of allegations of defrauding unsuspecting young footballers and business associates is the brain behind the match against corruption recently endorsed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Mustapha Boss.
Ms Goodman who allegedly got her hands burnt by conning well-meaning Nigerians and young people by promoting in consequential culture and fashion programmes around the country has shifted her attention to football knowing that Nigerians love the game.
The Chief Executive of OZ Consulting firm which promotes ICCscouts ; a football scouting programme has been having a running battle with participants in the firms talent hunt programme which held in some states in the country a few months ago ,some of the young players who spoke to us confirm how they paid into the company’s account but they never had the opportunity of trying out at the screening exercise.
Investigation also revealed that she got money from a state governor in the north ,promising to get some young players in the state into academies in Europe while some players were promised scholarships in colleges in Canada but to no avail.
Over 5,000 players participated in talent hunt after paying 5,000 naira into the ICCScouting account.
Ms Goodman is already working with the anti-graft agency EFCC to organize the novelty match against corruption after her visit to the Head Quarters of the agency where she met with the acting Chairman of the agency Ibrahim Magu along with her group who are well aware of her nefarious activities but chose to play ball with her.
The National Youth Council of Nigeria is also working with Ms Goodman on the novelty match as they also hope to benefit from the largesse that the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government will give to the mobilization of all the people that will be involve in the match according to a source who wants to remain anonymous.
“Abi always have her way around the corridors of power but the problem with her is that she will end up swindling all the people who worked with her to make sure that the project is financially rewarding”.
We also tracked the reactions of some of the disappointed young footballers and business associates fleeced by Abi Goodman on social media.
As at the time we filed in this report none of the players who paid to be part of the screening exercise in Jos ,Plateau State has got a refund despite the inability of the organisers to hold one while those who were chosen at the different centres are yet to hear anything from ICCScouts after 2 months.
The information on the social media page of the scouting agency is about their plans to hold a second stage trial for those who scaled through the first trials, and when a player asked if another round of payment is required for that ,there was no response but we gathered that the scouting agency is planning to collect another money from the young players after the initial 5,000 naira they paid.
One of her business associate who spoke to us but want us to keep his identity said Ms Goodman has problem of integrity.
“Abi never keeps agreement and she can do anything for money, she once had problem with those who organized the IDP novelty match, she is putting together a match against corruption .I hope those who want to use her to launder their image will not regret it because of her questionable character”.
Attempt to reach Abi Goodman on the allegations proved abortive as she did not return our call.