President suspends Deputy Sports Minister over Australia fake journalists scandal

Pius Hadzedi

Two officials, a deputy Minister and an Acting executive officer of Ghana’s sports authorities have been suspended.

The President, Nana Akufo-Addo suspended the two officials over the scandal involving fake journalists who travelled to Australia purportedly to cover the ongoing Commonwealth Games.

According to a statement from the Presidency issued today, Thursday April 12, 2018, the President has suspended with immediate effect the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzedi, and the Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority, Robert Safo Mensah.

“The decision was reached following preliminary investigations conducted into the circumstances that led to the arrest of some 60 Ghanaians who have attempted to enter Australia by false pretences in the ongoing 21st Commonwealth Games,” it said.

The President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Ben Nunoo Mensah, the Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority, Kwadwo Baah Agyeman and the Chef-de-Maison for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mohammed Sahnoon have all been recalled from the games to assist with investigations in the matter currently being conducted by the CID of the Ghana Police, the statement further noted.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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