The first wife of embattled former GFA President Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, Christine-Marie Nyantakyi, has boldly confirmed that her husband indeed doled out an amount of $100,000 in a desperate attempt to stop the public screening of the documentary that has become the downfall of the once football administration ‘tycoon’.
Mr Nyantakyi has been banned from all football activities for the rest of his life and has been fined 500,000 Swiss Francs for various breaches of FIFA’s code of ethics after he was exposed by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Christine-Marie Nyantakyi who’s also the Director of Oasis Montessori School at Teshie Greda Estates told Metro TV’s ‘Good Evening Ghana’ show that, before the screening of the investigative film, “Number 12,” some persons approached them with the demand to pay $150,000 for the film to be tossed.
According to her, the amount was paid back to them in tranches after the screening of the video.
“Well, there’s information, and there’s truth in that information. Apparently, we became so desperate when we realized that all that they presented to us were false, so we tried to make some interventions, and they proposed that he pays some money.”
“They proposed $150,000; my husband couldn’t afford it, so he gave out $100,000 dollars, and they came back to him and said the person says you need to add $50,000, and he said well, I don’t have it; that’s all that I have.”
Asked what happened to the $100,000, she said it was later returned to them when the video was shown.
“They brought $40,000 first; and then, later on, they brought $60,000 dollars. I have not gathered the courage to watch the full video, because the small that I watched, I knew that the way he is talking; that is not my husband; something might have gone wrong.” Christine-Marie Nyantakyi added.
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It would be recalled that before the screening of the investigative piece in June 2018, news emerged that Mr Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye PI team, had attempted to blackmail Mr Nyantakyi by demanding $100,000 from him to stop the screening of the video.
The Anas camp, however, denied being a party to such blackmail, suggesting that someone might be seeking to serve as an intermediary for that purpose without their knowledge or approval.
Tiger Eye on June 5, however, went ahead to air the documentary that brought the nation and the football community worldwide to a standstill. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) also aired the documentary few days later.