Ghana President orders arrest of FA President
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has ordered the arrest of Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for using him name to illegally obtain money by deception.
A Deputy Chief of Staff, Samuel Abu Jinapor, confirmed this to correspondents at the Presidency.
The President, he said, directed that he should be arrested by the Criminal Investigative Department ((CID) after watching the latest expose by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
He added that President Akufo-Addo was unhappy that Mr Nyantakyi had used his name fraudulently.
“The footage indicated that Kwesi Nyantakyi used the name of the President to defraud some people; constituting defrauding by false pretences.”
He said the GFA boss was going to be picked up to assist in investigation by the police and “then the next step will be taken”.
“The President is the custodian of the law and he is not bias. No matter who you are, once you are wrong, he will hand you over to the law.
He has demonstrated that his determination to fight corruption and crime is unquestionable” he stated.
Kwesi Nyantakyi became the President of the GFA in December 2005 after defeating two other candidates, Ade Coker and Kojo Bonsu.
He is regarded as the most successful GFA boss since the days of Ohene Djan and H.P Nyemitei.
Under his presidency, Ghana qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the first for the country.
Ghana again qualified for the subsequent 2010 FIFA World Cup, in South Africa, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The Ghana U-20 football team also won Africa’s first and only U-20 World Cup also during his stewardship in 2009.
On the downside, he and other officials had been accused of match-fixing by an undercover investigation led by The Telegraph and Channel 4.
Kwesi Nyantakyi denied agreeing match fixing allegations by saying that “the report of the newspaper or the media house is entirely not accurate”, because “there is really no cause for alarm as far as I am concerned because nothing untoward has happened involving me or the Federation”.