Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo has disclosed that the death of Ahmed Suale, an investigator with Tiger Eye PI hampered her outfit’s efforts to investigate the corruption case brought against the former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwasi Nyantakyi.
Updating Parliament on the matter today, Thursday, after her initial postponement, Madam Akuffo indicated that the case will, however, be in court soon.
“Unfortunately, Mohammed Suale, a member of Tiger Eye and a principal witness with whom the prosecutors directly engaged in the preparation of the case was tragically killed on 16th May, 2019. The death of the journalist unavoidably stalled the preparation of the case.”
The Member of Parliament for Mion constituency, Mohammed Abdul-Aziz filed the question to the Attorney General as he believes the information is important for the governance of the country.The Attorney General told the House that the review of the docket has however been completed and the “presentation of the case in court is imminent.”
She said that after an initial review of the docket by a team of prosecutors, the police were in January 2019 requested to furnish the Office of the Attorney General with some further documents to facilitate the completion of the review.
According to Gloria Akuffo, although she asked the Tiger Eye team to present her with the said documents together with all videos on the investigations in March 2019 adding that these details were however made available to her office in May 2019.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in May 2018 asked the Police to investigate Kwesi Nyantakyi for a possible crime of fraud.This was after he reportedly watched aspects of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ documentary that exposed corruption in football administration in Ghana and other African countries.
In the video, the then GFA boss was seen using the President’s name, that of the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and other senior government officials, to illegally request for various sums of money from investigators disguised as investors.
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) as part of its investigations, seized mobile phones and laptops of the embattled football administrator as he was formally charged with defrauding by false pretence. But more than a year down the line, not much has been seen about the case.