All is set for the first public viewing of the much anticipated investigative film by a journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The film, dubbed #Number12, focuses on corruption in football and football administration.Even before its premiere, the video has generated a huge controversy, becoming the subject for many radio and TV discussions due to a revelation that the President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwasi Nyantakyi used the name of President Akufo-Addo to solicit bribes from supposed foreign investors.
President Akufo-Addo reported Mr Nyantakyi to the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service after watching excerpts of the film.
Mr Nyantakyi was later interrogated by the CID and had his phones and laptop seized as part of investigations.
The deputy minister for Roads and Transport, Anthony Karbo was also invited to the CID later to assist in investigations after it emerged this his name was mentioned in the video in a possible corruption deal.
It is also reported that some unidentified persons have been tracking Anas’ office “and other locations ostensibly to harm him.”
The Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong has also been on a media campaign against the methods of Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The banter between Mr Agyapong and veteran journalist, Kweku Baako, who is a mentor to Anas has further heightened expectation of the video.
Hundreds of Ghanaians thronged the premises of Citi FM earlier this week to pick free tickets to the premiere.
Many local referees are reported to have been caught in match-fixing deals in the film with other top football administrators taking money to give footballers call-up to the national team and more playing time.
Number 12 will be premiered at the Accra International Conference Center today [Wednesday] and Thursday at 3pm, 5pm, 8pm and 10pm.
Meanwhile, former Presidents John Kufuor and John Mahama have expressed shock at the revelation of corruption in Ghana’s football after watching excerpts of the video.
They have however expressed hope that the exposé will help rebuild football in the country.
By: Jonas Nyabor/citinewsroom.com/Ghana