The Minister of National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah, upon the instructions of President Nana Akufo-Addo, has directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to investigate the president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, for allegedly using Nana Addo’s name in fraudulent activities.
The directive follows an investigative piece by internationally acclaimed investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, which exposes bribery and corruption involving football administrators and some politicians.
The film, which has not been publicly screened yet, captures Mr Nyantakyi, who has been the president of GFA for 13 years, in a compromising position.
What Anas has up his sleeve now, titled ‘Number 12: When Misconduct and Greed become the Norm’, is scheduled to air on June 6, 2018.
What is in the Number 12 video
Bits and pieces of the exposé shows corrupt practices in football, such as influencing referees, match fixing, which player gets Black Stars call up, sponsorship, and player transfer.
Information available to Ghananewsaid.com indicates that Nyantakyi is out of the country and would be picked up by Police CID for questioning the moment he arrives in Ghana.
Nyantakyi is allegedly engaged in some influence peddling, using the name of the President as captured in a 10-minute video.
Deal cut in Morocco
Apparently, Nyantakyi met some businessmen in Morocco to broker a sponsorship deal for the Black Stars.
Unknown to the GFA President, the businessmen were Anas and his crew, so all of the transaction was caught on camera.
Before the meeting in Morocco, the businessmen had allegedly discussed with Nyantakyi their plans to venture into construction business in Ghana, and therefore sought his help to influence contract awards.
$12 million demand
During the meeting in Morocco, Nyantakyi allegedly told the businessmen that all they need to buy Ghana is $12 million.
The GFA President brought in the names of President Nana Akufo-Addo, Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and other members of government.
Nyantakyi basically stated how much money should be given to the afore-mentioned people to influence them to hand over big deals to the business guys.
How $12m is to be shared
The GFA President alleged that the Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, Anthony Karbo, told him that President Akufo-Addo will get $5 million; Dr Bawumia – $3 million; Road and Transport Minister Amoako Atta – $2 million; Anthony Karbo – $1 million; and Nyantakyi – $1 million.
$65,000 thank you
The businessmen, as a way of showing their appreciation to Nyantakyi for showing up, allegedly placed in front of him $65,000 and handed him a black polythene bag to pack the money into it himself.
Sources have told The Finder that the President and his team have watched excerpts of the video in which Nyantakyi was seen negotiating for the amount of monies.
According to sources who have watched the video, Nyantakyi could face criminal charges such as conspiracy, attempted and actual money laundering, corruption of a public officer, as well as defrauding by false pretence.
The GFA President claims to have spoken with President Nana Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and has “bought” them for a price stated on the video tape.
The details of the documentary’s release have emerged on fliers and billboards, indicating it will be premiered in Accra on June 6, 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
Already, some administrators of football have dared Anas and his team to come out with their so-called exposé because they are men of integrity who have run Ghana football without blemish over the last few decades.
Dates for premiere
The video will be premiered at the Accra International Conference Centre on June 6, 2018.
There will be three shows: 3pm, 5pm and 7pm.
The video will also be shown at the new GCB Auditorium at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi on June 9 and 10, 2018.
The people of Tamale will have their turn to watch the video at Radach Hotel on June 13, 2018 while those in Takoradi will have the opportunity at Akroma Plaza on June 16, 2018.
Works of Anas
Anas is noted for coming up with videos on corruption in some public institutions.
His exposés have led to some reforms, convictions and dismissals.
Key among his works are the exposé at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), dubbed ‘Soul-Takers’, a documentary on the deviant acts of public officials that lead to the carnage on our roads and highways; and the documentary dubbed ‘Enemies of the Nation’, which was on serious bribery and corruption at the Tema Harbour.
The late President Mills stormed the Tema Harbour in February 2011 when the video was released.
Many Customs officers were fired while revenue collection improved instantly after the exposé.
In the aftermath of one of his works, eight accused persons were jailed by the Accra Fast Track High Court for aiding and abetting in the smuggling of cocoa.
They were jailed a total of 16 years with hard labour.
The trial judge, Mr Justice Bright Mensah, found the accused persons guilty of aiding and abetting in the smuggling of cocoa out of the country.
Each of the convicts was caught on a hidden camera.