President Akufo-Addo Suspends Deputy Minister of Sports Over Australia Scandal

President Nana Akufo-Addo has suspended Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide over the deportation of 60 ‘fake’ journalists from Australia.

According to a statement communicating the suspension, the decision to suspend Mr Hadzide follows a preliminary investigation into the scandal.

Also suspended over the scandal is the Director General of National Sports Council, Robert Sarfo Mensah.

Pius Enam Hadzide and President Akufo-Addo

Their suspensions take off immediately.

“The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 12th April, 2018, suspended from office, with immediate effect, the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide; and the acting Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Hon. Robert Sarfo Mensah.

This decision has been taken following preliminary investigations conducted into the circumstances that led to the arrest of some sixty (60) Ghanaians, who allegedly attempted to enter Australia aby false pretences, in the on-going 21st Commonwealth Games,” the statement signed by the Director of Communications at the Presidency said.

The statement added that “the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah; Board Chairman of the NSA, Hon. Kwadwo Baah Agyemang; and the Chef-de-Maison for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mr Mohammed Sahnoon; have also been recalled from the Games to assist in investigations currently being undertaken by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police Service.”

We reported last week that some Ghanaians had been deported from Australia after trying to enter the country under the guise of covering the Commonwealth Games.

The supposed journalists were caught out when they failed to answer questions about related to sports.

According to a BBC Africa report, the deportees, although in possession of genuine traveling documents, were arrested and detained after they failed to answer the sports-related questions which they should ordinarily be familiar with.

One of the deportees claimed on Accra-based Atinka FM that officials of the Ghana Olympics Committee and the Ministry of Youth and Sports were paid between GHC8,000 and GHC20,000.

The accusation was flatly denied by the suspended Deputy Minister who hinted of an investigation into the matter.

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