Former GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi’s wife, Christine-Marie Nyantakyi, has disclosed that her husband has received an amount of $ 100, 000 believed to have been paid by her husband to Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI team to stop the premiering of the latter’s investigative work dubbed Number 12.
Mr. Nyantakyi was caught taking money for a supposed sponsorship deal, and saying things that have landed him in trouble. Mr. Nyantakyi has been banned from all football activities for the rest of his life, and has been fined 500,000 Swiss Francs (equivalent of Ghc2,414,276.46 and $497,490.00 respectively), for various breaches of FIFA’s code of ethics after the exposé.
After the premier of the shocking investigative piece, MP, Kennedy Agyapong, claimed on several radio and TV interviews that Mr. Nyantakyi met and disclosed to him that he (Nyantakyi) was asked by Anas and his team to pay an amount of $150, 000 so that the investigative work will not be premiered.
Unfortunately, Mr. Nyantakyi could cough $ 100, 000. Mr. Agyapong further stated that Anas got pissed because Mr. Nyantakyi had told third parties about the alleged request for money, hence, went ahead and premiered the video damn the consequence.
Nyantakyi’s wife, Christine-Marie Nyantakyi, in an exclusive interview on the matter on ‘Good Evening Ghana’ on Metro TV on Tuesday, gave details on what happened. Asked whether it was true that Mr. Nyantakyi had attempted to make some payments to ensure that the video was not shown, Mrs. Nyantakyi said:
“Well, there’s information, and there’s truth in that information. Apparently, we became so desperate when we realized that all that they presented to us were false, so we tried to make some interventions, and they proposed that he pays some money.
“They proposed $150,000; my husband couldn’t afford it, so he gave out $100,000 dollars, and they came back to him and said the person says you need to add $50,000, and he said well, I don’t have it; that’s all that I have.”
She however noted that the $100,000 was later returned to them when the video was shown. “They brought $40,000 first; and then later on, they brought $60,000 dollars.” She however did not mention the identity or name of who this ‘they’ are throughout her revelation.
Mr. Nyantakyi was first handed a 90-day provisional ban in June 2018, after the showing of a video and audio evidence of allegations of corruption leveled against him by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in his piece titled, Number 12.
The suspension was further extended by another ninety days in September 2018, before the announcement of the lifetime ban on Tuesday.
What becomes of Nyantakyi’s suits against Anas?
In the latter part of September 2018, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi sued undercover investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas. That suit was the second time Mr. Nyantakyi was suing Anas and his Tigereye PI firm. The earlier suit also at a High Court was specifically about defamation.
Nyantakyi wants the High Court to declare that Anas’ secret recording of their conversations as well as publishing same, violates his [Nyantakyi’s] “fundamental human rights to privacy and confidentiality in my dealings with others.”
He wants the court to also declare that the recordings violated his “right to dignity” because he wasn’t consulted before the piece was premiered, and thus prayed the apex court to award damages against Anas and his Tiger eye PI firm for the said violations.
It is now unclear what becomes of Mr. Nyantakyi’s suits, considering the turn of events.