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Sports News of Saturday, 28 May 2022

Source: happyghana.com

Saanie Daara reacts to GFA Ethics Committee ruling on Anas exposé

Ibrahim Sannie Daara Ibrahim Sannie Daara

Former Ghana Football Association (GFA), Communications Director, Ibrahim Saanie Daara, has said that it was a deliberate plan by some people to tarnish his hard earned reputation in the Anas exposé.

Saanie Daara was accused in the Number 12 documentary done by Investigative Journalist Anas Amereyaw Anas and the Tiger PI on bribery and corruption in Ghana football.

The former BBC Journalist was alleged to have been offered and accepted money from agents of Tiger Eye PI, in violation of Article 20.1(b) of the GFA Code of Ethics.

The GFA Ethics Committee after investigations has cleared the CAF Media Officer of any wrongdoing in the matter.

Speaking in an interview on Happy 98.9 FM after clearing his name Sannie Daara said, “I felt they were targeting me for this failure they just wanted to spoil my hard-earned reputation.

“It was sad the media couldn’t also ask certain questions on who I directed the money to be given to. I felt there was a failure in journalism to ask some key questions on the allegations made”, he added.

Full statement from the GFA Ethics Committee

The Ghana Football Association Ethics Committee has dismissed the case against Ibrahim Saanie Daara, who was facing charges on bribery and corruption in relation to the Tiger Eye Investigative Documentary (Number 12)

“The Ethics Committee concluded that there was insufficient evidence to support the allegation of acts of bribery and corruption on the part of Mr Ibrahim Sannie Daara”, the GFA Ethics Committee stated in its decision signed by Chairperson, Ms Phyllis M. Christian, Esq.

Following the airing of the Number 12 Documentary, which purported to expose corruption in Ghanaian football, the former GFA spokesperson was alleged to have been offered and accepted money from agents of Tiger Eye PI, in violation of Article 20.1(b) of the GFA Code of Ethics.

The Investigatory Chamber of the GFA Ethics Committee, chaired by Dr Isaac Annan Esq. opened a preliminary investigation into the allegations of ethical breaches.

The Investigatory Chamber took steps within its power to obtain the necessary evidence to support or refute the charges preferred against Ibrahim Sannie Daara to the fullest extent possible.

This was done by calling the necessary witnesses as far as they were available and by seeking the facts as far as the records could show.

The Ethics Committee requested that Mr Joshua Acquah, being a key witness, was invited to assist with investigations. However, the Committee was informed by the FA, that Joshua Acquah was not traceable since the airing of the Number 12 documentary. All efforts to find or reach Joshua Acquah were unsuccessful.

The Ethics Committee found that from the video evidence and transcript Mr Daara had indeed met with two persons, ostensibly Acquah and an individual referring to himself as ‘Alhassan’ (Manager of Thomas Abbey).

The two requested that Daara could assist Thomas Abbey with a call-up into the then CHAN Team. In his utterances, Daara was heard advising the persons present to ensure that Thomas Abbey stays professional and that any player who does well a coach would call him.

He told the two people to encourage the player “to give all his best”.

Beyond the possibility that he was merely being polite, the Investigatory Chamber found no compelling evidence to ascribe any motive to Mr Daara’s assurances other than the intentions he had expressed in his testimony.

Following this, the video evidence showed that there was no attempt by Sannie Daara to collect the offered envelope. In both edited and unedited videos, Mr Daara was clearly seen to make a hands-off gesture and had declined to take the envelope as offered.

While the voice-over in the edited Documentary indicated that Mr Daara had directed that the money be given to an acquaintance of his, the EC found no evidence to support this claim. There was no evidence of the person who purportedly collected the monies on behalf of Mr Daara as proffered in the Documentary or provided to the Investigatory Chamber to tip the scales in favour of the accusation. In the opinion of the Ethics Committee, to go by the voice-over alone, would have been to speculate on hypotheticals.

Therefore, the Committee assessed the evidence presented in the two videos, alongside the transcript, by viewing, listening and discerning the points of variation to discount or validate the assertion made by the voice-over.

Further, it endeavoured to obtain critical testamentary information from the witnesses, as well as from the GFA and took steps to assess, analyze and consider this information against the charges preferred against Mr Daara.

Taking all above into account, the Ethics Committee concluded that there was insufficient evidence to support the allegation of acts of bribery and corruption on the part of Mr Ibrahim Sannie Daara.

Members of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee are Ms Phyllis M. Christian (Esq.), Dr Charles Takyi and Mrs Linda Ofori-Kwafo.

Dr Isaac Annan (Esq.) and Mr Wilfred Neneh Addico are members of the Investigatory Chamber.

The full decision has been communicated to Mr Ibrahim Sannie Daara.

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