Police storm GFA headquarters conduct search in offices

Officials of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of the Ghana Police Service yesterday invaded the premises of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to conduct a thorough search of the facility as part of on-going investigations into alleged corruption charges levelled against some of football officials in Ghana.

The police search, according to information gathered by Today was an apparent follow-up to the government’s efforts in taking steps to dissolve the Ghana Football Association, following the startling revelation in the Anas’ exposé which found former President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, and other FA members complicit.

Staff members of the GFA, who were present at the headquarters, were barred from engaging in their daily activities as the CID, who appeared in plain clothes together with former two executive members of the GFA conducted a comprehensive search in all the offices to come to terms with the dealings of the association.

“We are here to begin an investigation into alleged case of corruption. At the moment, this is considered a crime scene and will thus entreat you to leave immediately,” the police told the staff as they went to the various offices to conduct their search.

Mr Nyantakyi is recorded by undercover reporters in a video describing how he was making money from a proposed sponsorship deal from a supposed investor, who was actually an undercover reporter.

For a deal worth about $15 million, he and his fellow ‘conspirators’ were to make $3.5 million from it in one of the most damaging scenes in the video.

He also boasted of his relationship with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, suggesting the President and his Vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, were susceptible to bribery, and that the two could be influenced with $5 million and $3 million respectively.

The undercover journalists also busted 77 Ghanaian referees and 14 Ghana Football Association (GFA) officials allegedly engaging in acts of corruption.

 

Story: Gottlieb BAAKO

Writer’s Email: gottlieb.baako@todaygh.com

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