National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress, Samuel Ofosu Ampofu has cautioned that government be up and doing about ensuring justice in the case involving murdered undercover journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale or risk facing dire consequences subsequently.According to him, the recent deaths are one too many to be taken lightly or danced about. Citing the deaths of the Ghana Water Company Ltd., Ghana Ports and Habours, and Tiger Eye officials, he said aggrieved parties may be forced to take the law into their own hands to achieve justice if the various stakeholders sit aloof or trivialize the issues.
“We are appalled by recent developments and the killings that have been taking place. For the past two weeks or so, we have a senior officer of the Ghana Company Limited murdered, only last week, the Director of Public Affairs at the Ghana Ports has been murdered and only yesterday, this investigative journalist has been murdered in such a bizarre manner. We believe these are very disturbing signs for the security of the country and the security of the country is entrusted into the hands of the President who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces so we are holding the President responsible that our security is in his hands”
“The responsibility is on the police. The police and other security agencies have the responsibility to ensure that they protect the citizens of the country and when situations like this happen, we expect the police to investigate and bring the culprits to book. I have said that sitting Member of Parliament has been murdered, up till now, no clue, several people have died including chiefs including journalists, including public officers and it is going on and on”.
“If we are not careful, people will lose confidence in the security system and if people lose confidence in the security systems and decide to take the laws into their own hands, we’ll have a problem that is why we are urging government and appealing to the government that they must up their game”, he said in an exclusive interview with Ghanaweb after Ahmed Suale’s burial Friday.
Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo was emphatic about the implications of such acts on journalism and the ability to stand for the truth. According to him, it amounts to intimidation which ultimately will compromise journalism and sanity in the country.
“Today if you cannot feel safe driving in your car on the highways, you may have security at your house, in your office but if even driving in traffic, you can be gunned down by people on motor bikes then everybody is at risk”
“It has its own ramifications because we know the work that Tiger Eye is dong and they are doing international jobs not only confined to Ghana and we know that their investigation into this football and soccer scandal has brought reforms not only in Ghana but the whole of the African continent and so it is something we need to do; protect journalists especially investigative journalists like the one who has died now otherwise if intimidation and these tactics are adopted against these journalists and journalism dies then we are in trouble”.
Ahmed Hussein-Suale was buried Friday after being shot in the chest and neck three times by some unknown assailants Wednesday evening. Mr. Suale who until his demise worked as a key member in ace investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ team left behind 8 children and two widows.
Meanwhile, Marketing and Public Affairs Manager of the Ghana Ports and Habours Authority, Josephine Asante was also murdered Sunday evening at her residence in Tema by unknown assailants.