Ghanaian police open corruption investigation into soccer boss



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Published:
07:41 EDT, May 23, 2018

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07:41 EDT, May 23, 2018

  The President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, at a press conference in June 2014 at the last World Cup

  The President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, at a conference Press in June 2014 at the last World Cup

The President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, photographed at a press conference in June 2014 at the last World Cup

Police in Ghana said on Wednesday that they were investigating allegations of corruption against the head of the country's football badociation after a complaint from the president.

"The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service is investigating Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, president of the Ghana Football Association, for alleged crimes, including corruption," said spokeswoman Sheilla Kessie Abayie -Buckman.

"This follows a complaint received from His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, that Mr. Nyant akyi has used the name and office of the President fraudulently."

No more details were given about the accusations, which follow an investigation by a covert journalist, Anas Areneyaw Anas, who has previously exposed the graft.

There were no immediate comments from the Ghanaian FA.

Abayie-Buckman said that Nyantakyi, who is also a member of the African Football Confederation, is expected to return to Ghana on Wednesday to face the interrogation.

Akufo-Addo, who came to power in December 2016, embarked on an anti-corruption campaign and in February formally appointed a special prosecutor to examine bribery claims

. A complaint by Anas in 2015 about bribery claims in the judiciary led to looting or dismissal. suspension of dozens of judges.

The case sent shockwaves through the West African nation, which sees itself as a bastion of democracy and good governance in a turbulent region.

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