Nana Akufo-Addo ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to arrest Mr Nyantakyi after being privy to investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Number 12 undercover documentary, which exposed the GFA president as using the name of the president for certain purposes.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas has scheduled 6 June to premier the undercover piece which took him over two years to put together.
Just a week ago, Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako Jr., said a well-known lawyer tried bribing Anas Aremeyaw Anas to edit out scandalous findings against “a man” believed to be in the GFA, in the yet-to-be premiered Number 12 piece.
Speaking about the piece, Mr Baako Jr. told Randy Abbey on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme on Thursday, 17 May that: “Look, this one, this GFA one, there was an attempt to bribe him, OK”.
He said: “There was an attempt because there is a lawyer – and I’m sorry I won’t mention his name, of course he may know it’s him, maybe he is watching us – who is close to Anas and who knew that this job was going on, and I think he went and did some ‘Okro mouth’, so, somebody now tries to give him money to go and give to Anas.
“The lawyer took the money and was scared to go and deliver it to Anas. So, eventually he [lawyer] had to go back to the man and say: ‘[I couldn’t deliver the bribe], take it’. But of course we have found out. He’s a lawyer, very good lawyer, prominent lawyer”, Mr Baako Jr. said.
On the same show, Mr Baako Jr. said the exposé will render the careers of some top people in tatters.
“It’s a disaster, sometimes we are all human beings with some weaknesses here and there and I feel sorry for some because some are friends. If I had my way, perhaps, I would say: ‘Leave this alone’, but Anas is a different breed of animal and I have never ever in my life attempted to influence him. He brings it, I look at it, we can defend it, I say: ‘Proceed’. So, there are people whose careers or integrities may, perhaps, be in tatters.”
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Kwesi Nyantakyi
MEANWHILE, it had been previously reported in some media outlets that the GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has landed in hot waters and could face a jail term after refusing to enroll Wa All Stars players with Ghana’s Social Security and National Insurance Trust.
He could be jailed or suffer financial sanctions.
The CAF First Vice President is facing prosecution for failing to pay the social security of players and staff of Wa All Stars.
He is set to be served and hauled before a district court in Wa – the regional capital town of the Upper West region, where his club Wa All Stars is based.
All 16 clubs, playing in Ghana’s top-flight league, have registered with SSNIT and regularly pay players’ monthly contributions except Wa All Stars.
Karela United FC and Techiman XI Wonders have taken steps to enrol on the scheme.
The Wa District Court has issued summons to haul Nyantakyi into the box.
Ghana Sports Online checks have confirmed SSNIT officials are furious with the stubbornness shown by the Ghana FA President with regards to registering and paying of SSNIT contribution for players and officials of Wa All Stars.
SSNIT officials moved in a delegation to educate Nyantakyi’s club on the importance of enrolling their players and other employees on the scheme before sending them reminders weeks after.
The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) is a statutory public Trust charged under the National Pensions Act 2008 Act 766 with the administration of Ghana’s Basic National Social Security Pension Scheme and to cater for the First Tier of the contributory three-tier scheme. The Trust is currently the largest non-bank financial institution in the country.
SSNIT referred the matter to the Wa District Court and the court has duly issued a writ of summons.
Our checks also confirmed that Nyantakyi has not been available to be served by the court.
BACKGROUND – NYANTAKYI AND COURT CASES
The CAF First Vice President has a track record of fighting journalists in court in the name of image redemption.
Nyantakyi is currently in court seeking a $2 million damages claim against popular sports broadcaster Countryman Songo. Last month he told Accra-based Neat FM that MultiMedia should sack the journalist and suggested he is a liability to the company which owns and runs Joy FM, Joy Prime, Joy TV, Asempa FM, Adom FM, Adom TV and Hitz FM.
Nyantakyi also ignited a court case against journalist Kofi Asare Brake.
In 2013 popular politician and former flagbearer of CPP in Ghana, George Aggudey, was jailed for 3 months for failing to pay the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions of workers of his company, Gocrest Security Company.
The three-termed Ghana FA President could also face financial sanctions from the court.