EOCO had planned to arrest Nyankyi on January 11, 2017 – Vanderpuye reveals
Had Ghanaians voted for continuity in the 2016 general elections, embattled GFA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi would have been arrested in early January 2017, former Sports Minister Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has revealed.
According to the former Sports Minister, a well-orchestrated plan had been designed by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) to pick up the president of the Ghana Football Association on January 11, 2017.
A dossier of documents incriminating Mr. Nyantakyi had been gathered and investigated by the anti-graft agency, he said.
The hatched plan was however abandoned, Mr. Vanderpuije, who is the Member of Parliament for Odododiodio in the Greater Accra region revealed on Citi FM on Thursday.
The Mahama-led NDC government in which he served as Sports Minister lost power and handed over to the Akufo-Addo-led NPP government on January 7, 2017.
His revelation follows the premiering of the much-anticipated Number 12 documentary on corruption in football by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Though there is continuity in governance, the former minister did not include the incriminating documents on Mr. Nyantakyi in his handing over note to his successor because he did not trust the latter, he noted.
He claimed Isaac Asiamah who succeeded him had in the past made damning comments which summed up a high level of mistrust for him Vanderpuye and his relationship with GFA.
Nonetheless, he said it was the responsibility of EOCO, that did the investigation, to inform the new government.
Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi is not new to controversies after successfully scaling numerous incriminating allegations in the past. He has again been entangled in the latest exposé by Anas.
But this time, many that have viewed the documentary believe the GFA boss went too far to involve the president of Ghana as he was secretly recorded negotiating a shady deal with undercover investors.
President Akufo-Addo has since petitioned the CID of the Ghana Police Service who are investigating the GFA boss.
He has been charged with defrauding by false pretence.