Ghana president calls for criminal probe into head of soccer body

Published: May 23, 2018 14:18:53 | Updated: May 24, 2018 17:24:44

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo. Reuters.

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo has called for a criminal investigation into the head of the country’s football association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, for fraudulently using the President’s name.

Deputy chief of staff Samuel Abu Jinapor told reporters that Nyantakyi had been captured on video using the name of the president and other senior government officials to induce ‘potential investors’ to part with money.

Nyantakyi was not immediately available for comment when contacted.

The video was recorded by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and is due to be broadcast on June 6, reports Reuters.

Its producers said it was an expose on corruption among Ghana’s football officials and their affiliates.

“The president after consultations is fully satisfied that a prima facie basis has been established for criminal investigations to be launched into the conduct of the president of the football association,” Jinapor said.

Anas reported on alleged corrupt practices among the Ghanaian judiciary in 2015 that led to the suspension and in some cases dismissal of some judges.

Nyantakyi, who is also a member of the FIFA Organising Committee for Olympic Football and an executive committee member at the Confederation of African Football, has denied similar allegations of corruption in the past.

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