Ghana football association chief granted bail

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service on Wednesday evening granted bail to the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, after he was interrogated over allegations that he had used the names of the President, Vice-President and senior government officials tin an alleged crime, the state-owned Graphic newspaper reported.

Local media reports say he has been charged with defrauding by false pretence.

Mr Nyantakyi, who is also the first vice president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was arrested on Wednesday morning after his flight had touched down at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) from Morocco where was when news of his alleged acts became public.

He was taken to the Police Headquarters where he was questioned and asked to write a statement. He was also taken to his house for a search. He is expected back at the CID on Thursday as investigation continues.

The CID confirmed on Wednesday that it has begun investigation of Mr Nyantakyi for alleged offences including corruption.

A statement by the Ghana Police Service said this followed a complaint received from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that Mr Nyantakyi had used President Akufo-Addo's name and office fraudulently.

The police assured the public that "due process would be followed in the investigation" and asked any person with relevant information to submit it to the Police CID headquarters.

President Akufo-Addo was on Tuesday reported to have directed the arrest of Mr Nyantakyi over the alleged fraud.

Reports said the directive was made after the president and his advisers watched excerpts of a video produced by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas in which Mr Nyantakyi was caught on camera engaging in influence peddling in the name of the President and other key government officials.

The video is yet to be publicly screened.

The Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, told reporters that other officials found culpable will be prosecuted.

“The President of the Republic has had the benefit of viewing excerpts of the investigative piece and in this documentary, the president of the Ghana Football Association, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, is supposedly seen attempting to use the President’s name and that of the Vice President and other senior officials of government to induce supposed potential investors into our country to part with various sums of money," Mr Jinapor said.

Mr Jinapor added that President Akufo-Addo took the decision after full consultations revealed that a prima facie case could be established for criminal investigation to be launched into the conduct of Mr Nyantakyi.
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24 may 2018 09:55:29

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