It has emerged that president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, boasted to potential investors that he could secure contracts without going through due process because he has â€œunconstrainedâ€ access to President Akufo-Addo.
In a secret audio-visual recording by investigative journalists, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, titled, â€œNumber 12â€, Kwesi Nyanatakyi is heard saying, â€œI have President Akufo-Addo in my pocket and can secure any contract, itâ€™s just a matter of payingâ€.
He adds: â€œGhana 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.â€
President Akufo-Addo has directed the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service to arrest president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, for defrauding by false pretense.
The presidentâ€™s order follows the release of an excerpt from the much touted video of acclaimed investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, uncovering rot in the football governing body.
News broke in the early hours of today that the impending video captured President Akufo-Addo, Vice President Bawumia and the Youth and Sports Minister, Isaac Kwame Asiamah on Peace FMâ€™s flagship program â€œKokrokooâ€ hosted by Kwame Sefa Kayi.
Anasâ€™ 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 â€œa manâ€ 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 TVâ€™s Good Morning Ghana programme on Thursday, 17 May that: â€œLook, this one, this GFA one, there was an attempt to bribe him, OKâ€.
He said: â€œThere was an attempt because there is a lawyer â€“ and Iâ€™m sorry I wonâ€™t mention his name, of course he may know itâ€™s him, maybe he is watching us â€“ who is close to Anas and who knew that this job was going on, and I think he went and did some â€˜Okro mouthâ€™, so, somebody now tries to give him money to go and give to Anas.
â€œThe 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: â€˜[I couldnâ€™t deliver the bribe], take itâ€™. But of course we have found out. Heâ€™s a lawyer, very good lawyer, prominent lawyerâ€, Mr Baako Jr. said.