Thursday, 30 May

Number 12: I never blackmailed Nyantakyi for $150k nor took $100k bribe – Anas

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Anas Aremeyaw Anas (L) and Kwesi Nyantakyi

Tiger Eye PI has denied claims by former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi that its lead investigator, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, blackmailed the former for $150,000 but later accepted $100,000 to drop the damaging Number 12 documentary in which he was captured allegedly receiving a bribe.

Mr Nyantakyi, who is gearing up to run for the Ejisu by-election on the ticket of the governing New Patriotic Party, told Onua TV on Tuesday, 2 April 2024 that despite paying Anas $100,000, the investigative journalist still released the video.

However, in a statement issued on the same day, Tiger Eye P.I. and Anas Aremeyaw Anas “categorically denied any involvement in soliciting or accepting bribes from Kwesi Nyantakyi prior to the publication of the documentary”.

They said: “The core mission of Tiger Eye and Anas is to expose and confront corruption, making the notion of shielding corrupt individuals utterly preposterous given the extensive resources and efforts invested in producing such exposés.”

“It should be noted that neither Tiger Eye P.I. nor Anas Aremeyaw Anas engaged the services of a lawyer named Kwame Gyan from the University of Ghana. At all material times, including before, during, and after the production of the Number12 documentary, Tiger Eye and Anas have exclusively retained the legal representation of CromwellGray LLP, situated in Cantonments, Accra. CromwellGray LLP has consistently acted as legal counsel for Anas in matters relating to litigation initiated by or against journalistic publications involving Anas.”

“Tiger Eye P.I. firmly denies any involvement or knowledge of such activities. Should Mr. Nyantakyi’s claims hold substance, we challenge him to pursue legal action against Lawyer Kwame Gyan, including lodging a petition with the General Legal Council, to substantiate his allegations,” it added.

“Tiger Eye underscores its robust internal mechanisms in place, making it difficult for any individual to alter or suppress an investigation,” it added.

“Per his confessed bribery attempt, Mr Nyantakyi has proven that the life-ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for conflict of interest and bribery offences provided for by FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE) was justified,” it added.