Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has revealed that the announcement by the office of the president ordering the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to arrest GFA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi for using his (Akufo-Addo) name in an alleged corrupt practice, is inappropriate.
Mr Nyantakyi is alleged to have used the name of the President and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia to solicit millions of dollars in bribe. The President made the decision after he watching a video recording, compiled by Anas’s Tiger Eye PI and the BBC, detailing alleged bribery in football administration both locally and foreign.
But Mr Baako who is credited with training Anas has faulted the presidency for rushing to make the announcement after signing a confidential agreement. Speaking on Peace FM on Wednesday, the veteran journalist stated he had already protested government’s decision to make the announcement in the manner it did without first informing the key actors and also in violation of an agreement between the parties.
Explaining why the presidency was allowed to see the video which is originally scheduled to be released on June 6, Kweku Baako stated that once the president and the vice-president were mentioned by Nyantakyi as potential beneficiaries of bribe money, they had a right to know.
It was to that extent only that the portions of the investigation concerning them were presented to them for viewing with the agreement that the contents could only be revealed the day, or the day before, the full video was due for screening.
According to Baako, he was surprised, and the BBC shocked, that in spite of this agreement, the presidency without informing either Tiger Eye or the BBC, went to town with the contents of the video.
“I have complained to those who called the press conference. I protested and I gave reasons for my protest and I’m told my protests have been made known to the president,” he stated. Nonetheless, “No fatal injury as such has been caused,” he stressed.
Adding the presidency explained the announcement had to be made because suggestions were being made, especially on social media, that the President and his vice were cited for wrongdoing in the –yet-to-be-aired investigative video. Kweku Baako pointed out that the Kwasi Nyantakyi component is only a fraction of the potential infractions and ethical violations captured by the investigators.
“You will see so many things, hundreds of people involved – football administrators, political elements, referees, linesmen (assistant referees) and so on.”