Minister for Justice and Attorney-General, Gloria Akuffo, has explained that the murder of a key witness Ahmed Suale slowdown investigations into allegations of corruption against the former Ghana Football Association (GFA) boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi.
She told Parliament the undercover investigator was the “principal witness with whom the prosecutors directly engaged in the preparation of the case was tragically killed on 16th May 2019. The death of the journalist unavoidably stalled the preparation of the case.”
But indicated that the matter would soon proceed to the court for the prosecution to commence.
The Attorney General revealed this in parliament when she appeared before the House to answer question filed by Hon. Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, Member of Parliament for Mion, in Thursday, November 7, 2019.
“Me. Speaker, I rise to ask the Attorney General and Minister for Justice the status of the investigation of the complaint made by H.E. the President against Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi the former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), ” the Mion MP asked.
Late Ahmed Suale was an investigator with Tiger Eye PI, the team that produced a documentary, ‘#12’, on corruption in football in Ghana and other African countries.
President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in May 2018 asked the police to investigate Kwesi Nyantakyi for a possible crime of fraud.
His move follows a viewing session of aspects of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ documentary that exposed corruption in football administration in Ghana and other African countries.
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) as part of its investigations, seized mobile phones and laptops of the embattled football administrator as he was formally charged with defrauding by false pretence.
But more than a year down the line, not much has been seen about the case.
The Attorney General told Parliament that the review of Mr Nyantakyi’s docket has been completed and the “presentation of the case in court is imminent.”
She said that after an initial review of the docket by a team of prosecutors, the police were in January 2019 requested to furnish the Office of the Attorney General with some further documents to facilitate the completion of the review.
According to Attorney General, although she asked the Tiger Eye team to present her with the said documents together with all videos on the investigations in March 2019, adding that these details were however made available to her office in May 2019.
Nevertheless, the Mion lawmaker said he was unsatisfied with the answers bearing in mind the period the complaint was made and the slow space of investigation.
He said the response from the AG shown the government is disinterested in pursuing the matter to its logical conclusion as Ghanaians expected.
Hon. Abdul-Aziz also dismissed any critics of having issues against the former GFA Boss, hence his questions, stressing that he is performing his duty as a representative of the people.
He assured to ask questions on another issue that has public interest as a lawmaker, nothing that, dragging appointees of the executives to the floor if parliament to answer questions was one if the available tools by which they are allowed.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba