The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Afua Akuffo, has disclosed that, she has not received sufficient material to prosecute anybody following the Number 12 expose` by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Speaking in an interview Rainbow Radio Wednesday, the minister indicated that, she has not received any docket from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to prosecute it. ‘’I have not received any docket for prosecution.
It will be recalled that when the issues started, the CID started a probe. The probe is still on going and when they forward anything to me, I will look at it,’’ she explained.
She also clarified that it was not the intension to collapse the Ghana Football Association (GFA) as reported by the media. Government he stated engaged with the world governing body FIFA to find ways to address the challenges after the Number 12 was premiered.
The minister stressed, the state only took steps to prevent further damages and protect the interest of Ghana football. The premiering of the undercover investigative movie, dubbed “When Misconduct and Greed Become the Norm,” lived up to its billing as an explosive piece when it aired on June 6, 2018 in Accra.
The investigative team of Anas Aremeyaw Anas bribed more than 70 referees, match commissioners, officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), officials of the National Sports Authority (NSA) and the Ministry of Sports with sums as low as GH¢300 to influence the award of red cards, yellow cards, penalties and visa deals. Money paid to the officials ranged from GH¢300 to GH¢5,000.
The President of the GFA, Mr Kwasi Nyantakyi, was allegedly paid the highest amount of $65,000 for assuring the investors, who later turned out to be Anas’s team members, of his readiness to get them good sponsorship deals and juicy contracts in government.
He is challenging the content of the video and refuted all the claims raised against him. FIFA has withdrawn the threat of ban after government of Ghana withdrew the liquidation suit few days ago. Mr Oppong Nkrumah, Information Minister-designate told journalists on Tuesday that: “Yesterday the 27th of August we received a letter from FIFA subsequent to our engagements with them.
That letter says essentially about four things: First that FIFA had withdrawn the notice that it served that it could suspend the GFA from its activities. Second; that the Bureau of FIFA Council had on the 27th of August decided to appoint the Normalisation Committee for the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
The mandate of the committee has also been spelt out.” He added: “In the coming days, a delegation from FIFA and CAF are expected in Ghana to assess the suitability of the names that have been proposed by the Government of Ghana for that Normalisation Committee. It is our expectation that this will pave the way for the re-organisation of Ghana football, moving forward.”