GFA officials charged with money laundering

Ghana News-The Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service has formally charged some four leading officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) who were captured in the #Number12 exposé by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas with money laundering and racketeering.

Reports say the four implicated officials namely, Abdul Ganiyu Lawal, Nii Komiete Doku, Leanier Addy, all members of the FA’s decision-making Executive Committee, as well as its spokesperson and Deputy General Secretary in charge of Communication, Ibrahim Sannie Darra, were invited to the Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service on Thursday, July 5 and slapped with the charge.

They were however granted bail after their statements were taken by the Police.

It would be recalled that the Financial Intelligence Centre in June asked all banks and non-bank financial institutions in Ghana to provide information on banking details of former GFA Boss Kwesi Nyantakyi, and same on the embattled Ghana FA.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Centre Kwaku Dua in a letter dated June 11, 2018, to the banks stated:“Pursuant to Section 28 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2008 (Act 749), as amended, kindly furnish us with the following information on subjects and any other connected accounts:

“1. Mandate and Account opening forms.

“2. Business Registration Document.

“3. Legible copy of photo identity.

“4. Evidence of Know Your Customer (KYC) and Customer Due Diligence (CDD).

“5. All transaction details (bank statement) from January 2014 to date.

“6. Copies of all SWIFT Messages received for the same period (if any).

“7. Copies of Verification of Beneficiary Owners form completed in respect of transfers. ”

The Financial Intelligence Centre took the action following an alleged money laundering lead on Mr. Nyantakyi and others after Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ explosive investigations into corrupt activities in Ghana football.

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