GFA office under lock and key as police pursue Nyantakyi
In light of the recent revelations that president of the Ghana Football Association is being pursued by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service, the office of the GFA was locked up on Wednesday.
A visit to the GFA premises in Accra on Wednesday morning revealed that visitors and workers were standing in quorums apparently deliberating on the allegations of fraud leveled against the GFA boss.
It appears President Akufo-Addo’s instruction to the police to arrest Kwesi Nyantakyi, who is affectionately referred to as “Ghana football Mugabe” has sent a huge panic wave within the rank and file of the governing body.
As the dragnet spreads, inside sources say some notable football administrators would be implicated in the video yet to be screen by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw.
It emerged on Tuesday that Kwesi Nyantakyi, who is currently in Morocco boasted to potential investors that he could secure contracts without going through due process because he has “unconstrained” access to President Akufo-Addo.
In a secret audio-visual recording by Anas, titled, “Number 12”, Kwesi Nyanatakyi is heard saying, “I have President Akufo-Addo in my pocket and can secure any contract, it’s just a matter of paying”.
He adds: “Ghana is the easiest place to do business. All you have to do is pay the president $5 million and pay the vice president $3 million and we will control this country.”
Consequently, President Akufo-Addo directed the CID to arrest Kwesi Nyantakyi for alleged defrauding by false pretense.
Anas’ latest expose is set to premier at the Accra International Conference centre on 6th and 7th, the CCB auditorium in Kumasi on 9th and 10th, in Tamale on 13th and in Takoradi on 16th all in June, 2018.
Just a week ago, Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako Jr., said a well-known lawyer tried bribing Anas Aremeyaw Anas to edit out scandalous findings against “a man” believed to be in the GFA, in the yet-to-be premiered Number 12 piece.
Speaking about the piece, Mr Baako Jr. told Randy Abbey on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme on Thursday, 17 May that: “Look, this one, this GFA one, there was an attempt to bribe him, OK”.
He said: “There was an attempt because there is a lawyer – and I’m sorry I won’t mention his name, of course he may know it’s him, maybe he is watching us – who is close to Anas and who knew that this job was going on, and I think he went and did some ‘Okro mouth’, so, somebody now tries to give him money to go and give to Anas.
“The lawyer took the money and was scared to go and deliver it to Anas. So, eventually he [lawyer] had to go back to the man and say: ‘[I couldn’t deliver the bribe], take it’. But of course, we have found out. He’s a lawyer, very good lawyer, prominent lawyer”, Mr Baako Jr. said.