Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has begun an online petition to gather signatures aim at mounting pressing on the Attorney General to prosecute former Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi.
Nyantakyi was handed a life ban from all football-related activities by FIFA in October 2018 following various violations of the governing body’s ethics code, including bribery and corruption.
Nyantakyi, a former member of FIFA’s General Council, was found guilty after being filmed by Anas and his team Tiger Eye PI team in a hotel room appearing to take a $65,000 bribe from a supposed businessman seeking to sponsor the Ghanaian football league. He was also fined $498,000.
The Attorney General’s Department said existing laws on bribery and corruption in Ghana do not provide enough room to prosecute football administrators/officials in the country.
Anas has since started an online petition to mount pressure on the AG to take up the case.
“Police have completed investigations into likely criminal misconduct by Mr. Nyantakyi. They submitted their findings to the Attorney General last year. The Attorney General has not taken any action on the case till date.
“Please help us ASK the Attorney General to MOVE this case forward. Mr. Nyantakyi should face criminal prosecution over some of his misconduct, which borders on criminality.
“We are sending letters, making calls, sending social messages to all government entities that can help us MOVE this case to the next level. We are also reaching out to news media to help spread the word.
“If Nyantakyi is not prosecuted, our collective fight against corruption will be meaningless. It will also send a signal to many citizens that the law only deals with the poor, but the rich and powerful cannot be held responsible for their actions.
“Please sign this petition, take the actions requested and share with everyone you know to MOVE this case forward. Thank You so much for your assistance in this URGENT matter,” Anas said in a statement urging the public to sign the petition.