Police declare GFA Headquarters a crime scene

By Clement Edward Kumsah
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The Headquarters of the Ghana Football Association, GFA in Accra has been declared a crime scene by the Ghana Police Service effective June 8, 2018.

The Police has warned the public to keep off the premises of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) as it begins investigations into a series allegations following the ‘Number 12: When Misconduct & Greed Become the Norm’ ­exposé by Tiger Eye PI.

“As a result, the premises and offices of the GFA have been sealed off and remain inaccessible to the staff of GFA and the public until further notice,” the statement said.

Tiger Eye PI, led by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, began an investigation into the dealings of the GFA and uncovered corrupt dealings, which have implicated top officials including the disgraced and resigned GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi.

The video detailed alleged bribery involving more than 70 referees, match commissioners, FA executive members and top officials at the Ghana Sports Authority taking monies to fix matches, influence player selection and referees appointments as well as visa acquisition.

In a statement from the Ghana Police Service signed by Police Director of Public Affairs DSP Sheila Kessie Abayie-Buckman indicated, “The premises and offices of the GFA have been sealed off and remained inaccessible to staff of GFA and the public until further notice”.

“Police will provide twenty-four-hour security at the premises and entreat the public to cooperate with investigators,” the statement added.

While assuring the public due process will be followed, the police are also “encouraging persons with verifiable information to volunteer it to Police through the Financial Forensics Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID)”.

Meanwhile, the former GFA  President Kwesi Nyantakyi has apologised to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, Ministers and Deputy Ministers as well as his family, colleagues and friends for his “indiscretion” in the Anas video.