Top investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw set to expose rot in Ghana football & politics

Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Top Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas is set to release his latest investigative piece which promises to expose football officials involved in bribery and corruption in Ghanaian football and politics.

The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, gave this hint based on his sources, and said the exposé was going to be “an explosive mix.”

Kweku Baako was speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana when the matter of Anas’ next documentary exposé came up for discussion.

Anas has begun promoting the new investigative film simply titled ‘Number 12′.

The details of the documentary’s release have emerged on fliers and billboards, indicating it will be premiered in Accra on June 6, 2018, at the Accra International Conference Centre.

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Mr. Baako also noted: “It’s a disaster, sometimes we are all human beings with some weaknesses here and there and I feel sorry for some because some are friends. If I had my way, perhaps, I would say: ‘Leave this alone’, but Anas is a different breed of animal and I have never ever in my life attempted to influence him. He brings it, I look at it, we can defend it, I say: ‘Proceed’. So, there are people whose careers or integrities may, perhaps, be in tatters.”

The documentary will be shown for the first time at the Accra International Conference Centre on 6 June 2018.

Previous Work

Anas is known for his investigative exposures both locally and internationally. He has described the aim of his undercover journalism: to name, shame and jail.

He has engaged in a number of undercover operations for these works, ranging from going aboard a shipping vessel disguise to expose the maltreatment of Ghanaian workers by a Korean employer and the use of surveillance tech to expose fraud and corruption at the Tema Harbour in Ghana.

Probably, his most controversial exposure involved his undercover work unravelling a culture of corruption within Ghana’s judiciary.

That exposé also received high profile promotion and premiered to thousands of Ghanaians at the International Conference Center in September 2015.

It showed court workers conspiring with a number of respected judges to influence court cases through bribes.

Over 30 judges and magistrates were caught on camera receiving bribes to free suspects on charges for crimes like murder, rape and drug trafficking.

A disciplinary committee of the Judicial Council was set up to probe the revelations.

More than 100 members of staff of the Judicial Service were also investigated after Anas submitted a petition and videos showing the affected staff receiving bribes to compromise cases.

On December 7, 2015, the Council unanimously decided to remove from office, 20 out of the 21 Judges and Magistrates cited in the petition.

Two High court judges were later also removed from office in April 2016.

Report by Gideon Sarpong

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