The President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi has arrived in Ghana and has reported himself to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service in connection with corruption allegations leveled against him by the president of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.
The president on Tuesday, May 22,2018 directed the CID to investigate Mr Nyantakyi who is also the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for defrauding by false pretenses after watching part of a latest investigative documentary by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas on Ghana’s football scene.
XYZ Sports journalist Joe Okyere reports that Mr Nyantakyi arrived at the Kotoka International Airport at 11:35 GMT on Wednesday where he joined his wife.
“He did not use the VIP lounge where some GFA officials had been waiting to welcome him,” Joe told Daakyehene Ofosu Agyemang on Power 97.9 FM.
He said Mr Nyantakyi used the presidential gate 19 to meet his family.
His lawyers are currently with him at the CID headquarters to assist with investigations after police picked him up.
Allegations And Investigations
Briefing journalists at the Jubilee House on Tuesday, a Deputy Chief of Staff, Abu Jinapor stated that “the President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr Kwasi Nyantakyi [was] 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 monies.”
The CID has announced that it has commenced investigations into the corruption allegations leveled against Mr Nyantakyi.
But a statement signed by Director of the Public Affairs Directorate of the Ghana Police Service, DSP Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman, said Mr Nyantakyi is out of the country and expected to return on Wednesday, May 23 to assist with their investigation.
The CID statement further assured the public “due processes would be followed in the investigation” and urged citizens with relevant information to “submit it to the police CID headquarters.”
Mr Nyantakyi, a lawyer and also the 1st Vice President of the Confederacy of African Football (CAF), was on CAF assignments in Morocco and Egypt when he was declared wanted.
The powerful FA boss has been the GFA president for thirteen (13) years, a tenure sports analysts say have been replete with corruption and sports scandals.
After the 2014 world cup, a Presidential Commission of enquiry chaired by Justice Dzamefe found Mr Nyantakyi culpable of receiving $557,000 meant for seven management committee members of the Black Stars, whereas they were only six.
Each member, according to reports, was due $85,000 but some admitted receiving $20,000 from the GFA Boss.
Appearing at the commission, Mr. Nyantakyi admitted to sharing the money using a coefficient method, an explanation that got him the nickname “ Mr Coefficient.”
He has also been accused for not paying the SSNIT contribution of players, amidst other corruption allegations including international match fixing.
The Ethics Committee of the FA have always cleared him of any wrong doing whenever corruption matters relating to Mr Nyantakyi is referred to it.
Analysts have also said the Ethics committee will hardly find him culpable of wrongdoings mainly because the chairperson and committee members are appointed by Mr Nyantakyi.