Presentation of case of Former GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi in Court imminent-Gloria Akufo

07-11-2019



Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Gloria Akuffo today told Parliament that Government is committed to the prosecution of Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former Ghana Football Association (GFA) President who had been secretly recorded by undercover private investigator Tiger Eye P.I. engaged in corrupt conduct.   Gloria Akuffo however explained that the tragic death of Mohammed Suale, a journalist and member of Tiger Eye and a principal witness with whom the prosecutors directly engaged in the preparation of the case, unfortunately stalled the preparation of the case. Mohammed Suale was brutally murdered by a morbid assassin on 16th January 2019.   The Minister clarified that the seeming delay in prosecuting the case is as a result of the fact that the Ministry needed to review many documents such as the original recordings and video tapes rather than relying on edited versions premiered to the public in order to build a solid case which should not only withstand prosecution but also secure conviction.     The Attorney-General was in the House to answer a question which stood in the name of Hon. Mohammed Abdul Aziz (MP-Mion) who asked to know from the Minister the status of the investigation of the complaint made by His Excellency the President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo against the former GFA President.     The Minister told the lawmakers that the Office of Attorney-General received a duplicate docket from the Headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D.) of the Ghana Police Service on 2nd November 2018 on a case entitled, The Republic versus Kwesi Nyantakyi under a cover of a letter dated November 01, 2018 and bearing reference number CID/AR.238/2018/17 on the alleged corrupt conduct.   Gloria Akuffo further informed the House that a team of prosecutors undertook an initial review of the docket after which the Office requested the Police, on 10th January 2019 to furnish it with some further documents to facilitate the completion of the review.   She sustained that the Office, in March 2019 additionally requested Tiger Eye to furnish the team of investigators with an updated report covering all videos submitted to it and admitted that the documents requested from the Police and the updated Tiger Eye reports were received by the police in May, 2019.   The Minister concluded that presentation of the case in court is imminent as the review of the docket has since been completed but declined to tell the House whether the Police report indicted Kwesi Nyanyakyi or as to whether the brutal assassination of Ahmed Suale was linked to the investigation of the complaint made by His Excellency the President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo against the former GFA President.     In another development, the Speaker has directed the Majority Leader and Leader of Government Business in Parliament Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu to bring the Minister for Education Mathew Prempeh to Parliament on Tuesday to tell the House the number of ‘E-Block Schools’ that have been completed from 2017 to date.   First Deputy Speaker Hon. Joseph Osei-Wusu gave this directive when the Minister failed to appear in the House to answer a parliamentary question which stood in the name of Hon Francesca Obeng Mensah, Member of Parliament for Kwabre East in the Ashanti Region.



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