President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the immediate arrest of Ghana Football Association (GFA) president, Kwesi Nyantakyi over alleged fraud.
The order was reportedly issued after the president was briefed on investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ latest exposé which focused on the football body.
In an excerpt of the film, yet to be screened to the nation, Mr Nyantakyi was reportedly captured on camera negotiating a deal in the name of the president.
Deputy Chief of Staff, Abu Jinapor confirmed the GFA boss was seen wooing investors using the names of the president, vice president and other key government officials.
“The president takes a serious view of this and believes it is a case of criminal conduct,” he told an Accra-based station Tuesday.
Mr Nyantakyi has been heading the football body for the past 13 years and has been instrumental in all of Ghana’s three appearances at the World Cup.
But his tenure has been dogged by several scandals, including the ones reported by British newspaper, The Telegraph in June 2014, claiming the GFA boss connived with other bodies to fix some international matches for the Black Stars.
“The President of Ghana’s Football Association agreed for the team to play in international matches that others were prepared to rig,” the paper reported.
But the matter did not survive at the world football governing body, FIFA and was referred to the GFA’s Ethics Committee for investigations but Mr Nyantakyi was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Already, the announcement of Anas’ film has caused a stir in the country, with sections of Ghanaians calling on security agencies to ensure the arrest of all persons captured on camera in compromising positions.