Ahmed Suale murder: Gov’t must address recent spate of killings – Mahama
Former President John Dramani Mahama, has called on government and security agencies in the country to work judiciously in bringing to book the assailants of Tiger Eye PI’s lead investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who was killed on Wednesday allegedly by unknown assailants.
According to the former president, the killing of the Public Affairs Manager of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority in charge of Tema Port, the death of a Ghana Water company official, among other deaths which are yet to be unraveled, should not be tolerated in a democratic country like Ghana.
Addressing delegates in Koforidua as part of his Eastern Regional tour ahead of the National Democratic Congress’ primaries to elect a Flagbearer, the former President said the Police, CID, BNI and other investigative agencies, should be up on their feet in resolving these incidents of assassinations in the country which have become a concern for Ghanaians.
“This morning, we woke up to hear a very sad news that a well-known journalist who works with Anas Amereyaw Anas was shot to death in his car on his way home by a group of people on a motorcycle, and for a democratic state like Ghana, that has gained a worldwide reputation as the model for democracy in Africa, things like this should not happen, journalists should not be killed in cold blood because of the work they do,” he said.
The former president, while expressing his condolences to the family and colleagues of Ahmed at Tiger Eye PI in a Facebook post, said “things like this should not happen.”
He indicated that “there’s been a spate of killings in our country lately, and we urge government and the security agencies to be up and doing and bring the perpetrators of these dastardly acts to book.”
The investigator, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, was notably exposed by Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong in the aftermath of the #Number12 exposé on corruption in Ghana football.
Anas, in a message on Facebook announced the death, saying Ahmed was hit three times; twice in the chest and once in the neck following which he died on the spot.
In a war of words with the investigative journalist in July 2018, Mr. Agyapong went on a show on the TV station he owns, the Madina-based Net 2 TV, and urged residents to beat up Ahmed whenever they saw him on his premises.
A photo of Ahmed was also revealed on the show. Citi News sources say he was the lead investigator of the Tiger Eye PI team in the Number 12 exposure on corruption in Ghana football.
He is reported to be the investigator who arranged the meeting with former GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi in Ghana and abroad.
But no link has been drawn between the MPs call to violence and the Wednesday evening murder.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in a video on his Facebook page, presented the announcement of his colleague’s murder within the context of Mr. Agyapong urging residents of Madina to go after Ahmed.
“He was just shot and killed, nothing was taken from him”, another member of the Anas’ team told Graphic Online.
The police has said it is investigating the matter; and has asked the public to volunteer vital information.
Mr. Agyapong has been criticized for inciting violence against Anas and his team.
The MP accused the investigator of being corrupt and evil in the wake of his probe into Ghana football.
He also said Anas deserved to be hanged for his purported corrupt deeds.
Reporters Without Borders came out to say it was alarmed by threats to the life of Anas.
The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) at the time also called for 24-hour protection for Anas.