December 8, 2010

The Member of Parliament for Aburi-Nsawam and former Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, O.B Amoah has condemned the Economic and Organised Crimes Office for the brutish manner in which it stormed the offices of the Ghana Football Association.

Personnel of the Economic and Organised Crimes Unit (formerly Serious Fraud Office), yesterday raided the offices of the Ghana Football Association and carted away documents and computers and also seized mobile phones of some of the employees in what officials say was part of investigations into the FA’s finances and reports the football governing body breached the country’s laws including tax laws.

The head of the EOCO, Mordey Akpadie, has insisted that the action was not targeted at any individual or individuals at the FA but O.B Amoah thinks otherwise saying in recent times the not too rosy relationship between the government and FA bears ample testimony.

Speaking on Oman FM’s morning show Wednesday morning, Hon. O.B Amoah stated that the shameful public display yesterday at the Headquarters of the FA is most unfortunate and unnecessary, as the Economic and Organised Crimes Unit could have devised and applied a more appropriate means of obtaining whatever documents it needed.

He noted that recent happenings in Ghana football such as an attempt by government to withdraw the name of FA President Kwasi Nyantakyi, as Ghana’s candidate for a Caf executive committee position as one of many issues that negatively affect Ghana’s reputation internationally.

Hon. O.B Amoah urged government not to interfere with the Ghana Football Association operations to avoid a ban from FIFA.

Meanwhile the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) will is expected to return the computers and files it seized from the offices of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) today Wednesday 8th December 2010.

A source close to the Crime Unit has said the body has finished sifting through the files for the necessary information and is returning the computers and documents that were seized.

Story by: Kwadwo Anim/