- The government has said that it will continue to pursue the case of former GFA Boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi
- This is in contract to earlier claims it made that the state lacked evidence to prosecute him
- The government has also denied any close association between President Akufo-Addo and the embattled former GFA Boss
YEN.com.gh earlier published the claims by the government as communicated by the Attorney General that it lacked evidence to prosecute Mr. Nyantakyi.
According to that report, Anas’ investigative piece, ‘Number 12’, was not enough grounds on which the former Ghana Football Association (GFA) president could be prosecuted.
However, the government has made a quick U-turn on its earlier claim, and said it will pursue Nyantakyi’s case.
This follows FIFA's decision to ban Nyantakyi from all football related activities at both the national and international levels, for life.
According to a press statement sighted by YEN.com.gh on social media, the CID had completed investigations into Nyantakyi’s case and was ready to take the next line of action.
This was revealed by the Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide, in a press statement he signed on Thursday, November 1, 2018.
According to the statement, the CID's investigation results would be forwarded to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
“Criminal investigations have been concluded by the Police CID and we expect that a docket will soon be presented to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice for advice,” the statement said.
The statement was released by the government based on accusations by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that it was shielding the embattled former GFA Boss.
The NDC raised concerns about what government was doing about Nyantakyi’s case locally since FIFA had concluded its decision on him.
“FIFA's decision to ban Mr. Nyantakyi after months of rigorous investigations raises serious questions about the involvement of President Akufo-Addo in the bribery scandal and also brings to the fore, once again, the need for the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to inform Ghanaians about the status of their investigations into this scandal which has tarnished the image of Ghanaians and Ghana,” the NDC reportedly wrote on Tuesday.
But the government, in a response to the NDC, stated that “[it was] the President who caused for criminal investigations to commence into this matter following his viewing of the -Number 12 video documentary.”
The statement also debunked claims by the NDC that Nyantakyi was a close friend of President Akufo Addo, for which reason the government did not want to persecute him.
Earlier reports by YEN.com.gh reveal how Nyantakyi is currently facing a lifetime ban by FIFA, and how he has been fined to the tune of $497,000.
This follows Nyantakyi being caught in a bad light in Anas’ ‘Number 12’ which led him to resign from his position as the GFA Boss, as well as from other international football assignments.
Meanwhile, the former GFA Boss has said he was sad and shocked over FIFA’s decision to ban him for life plus the fine.
He disclosed that he will battle the decision in court using “all legal channels available to him.”
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