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Ghana state agency hits back at FIFA

The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) in Ghana defended its raid on the Ghana Football Association's offices on Tuesday claiming that FIFA itself has been subject to such action in the past

Karim Farouk, Friday 10 Dec 2010
Kwesi Nyantakyi
Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi
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"Our legal mandate, which obliges us to carry out these investigations cannot be different from what happens in other jurisdictions, even in FIFA's own home country, which saw similar investigations and the subsequent search of the FIFA president's office by the Swiss police in November 2005," executive director of EOCO, Mortey Akpadzi said in a statement to a Ghana news agency on Thursday.

EOCO have seized documents, mobile phones and computers as they investigate frauds concerning sponsoring activities with the GFA.

"If any person is found to have broken any laws of Ghana, appropriate action will be taken," Akpadezi stated.

"In this, no effort will be spared to obey the law and observe the highest standards of professionalism. The office will not be deterred in any way in its efforts to enforce the law and make sure that the innocent do not in any way suffer, while any person suspected to have broken the law will be prosecuted," the statement added.

The GFA have decided to suspend all football activities in the country earlier on Thursday until the investigations are over.

Akpadzi has revealed that his agents consider "documents retrieved so far as very useful to our on-going investigations."

The world governing body (FIFA) has given Ghana until Sunday to settle things or they may face sanctions as the international ruling totally restricts government interference in the National FA's activities. 

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