President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has suspended from office, with immediate effect, the Chairperson of the Board of the National Sports Authority, Hon. Kwadwo Baah Agyeman.
The decision was communicated to the Board Chair by the Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia yesterday, following the absence from the jurisdiction of the President, who is attending the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, United Kingdom.
In a release issued from the Jubilee House, it was stated that “Just as in the cases of the suspension of the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide; and the acting Director General of the National Sports Authority, Hon. Robert Sarfo Mensah, the decision to suspend Hon. Kwadwo Baah Agyeman has been taken following preliminary investigations conducted into the circumstances that led to the arrest of some sixty (60) Ghanaians, who had allegedly attempted to enter Australia by false pretences, at the 21st Commonwealth Games.”
The three officials, together with the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah; and the Chef-de-Maison for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mr. Mohammed Sahnoon, are to assist the Criminal Investigations Department of the Police Service in the ongoing investigations into the matter.
It would be recalled that about 50 Ghanaians who were in Australia for the commonwealth games were deported with many of them believed to be being under the guise of being journalists.
According to Australian authorities, they were not convinced by their reasons for traveling to the country although those affected claim to be Journalists.
Even though those deported had genuine visas, many did not carry equipment like recorders and recommended mobile phones for coverage.
Government has since launched investigations into the matter.