Ghana soccer probe demanded


Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo 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 Nyantakyi was 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 by Reuters.

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

Its producers told Reuters it was an expose on corruption among Ghana’s football officials and affiliates.
“The president, after consultations, is 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 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, denied similar allegations in the past.