Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has described the attack on Tiger Eye PI’s investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale as a fight against corruption in the country.
According to them, the act signals a dangerous twist to the fight against corruption in Ghana which in turns dents the image of Ghana’s growing democracy.
Condemning the gruesome murder of Tiger Eye PI member, GII called on the Ghana Police Service to swiftly investigate the heinous crime and make sure perpetrators face the full rigours of the law.
Ahmed Hussein-Suale, one of the lead investigators in the expose that led to huge reforms in Ghana's football was shot at close range three times - twice in the chest, and once in the neck - by unknown assailants Wednesday evening at Madina, a suburb of Accra.
His murder has sparked outrage in the country with many including the President demanding the perpetrators be brought to book immediately.
The police have in the past 48 hours began investigations into the murder by interrogating a number of people, one of them, the Assin Central MP who had called for restitution on Ahmed Suale after showing his pictures on television and describing him as a 'bad boy'.
But the legislator insists he knows nothing about the killing of Suale, parrying suggestions he may be complicit in his murder. He has however redirected the accusations at lead investigator at Tiger Eye PI, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his lawyer saying the two cannot be ruled out as suspects.
But lawyer for Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Kissi Adjabeng is rubbishing the position of Kennedy Agyapong. He says the comments by the legislator are reckless and should be ignored.
“He doesn’t have an identity as far as I’m concerned, I was expecting him to apologize after the death of Ahmed Hussein-Suale since he was the one who showed the picture of the deceased to Ghanaians but he is rather rejoicing,” Kissi Adjabeng said in an interview with Kofi TV on Thursday.
The burial and final funeral rites of Ahmed Hussein-Suale are to take place today, Friday January 18, 2019, according to Islamic traditions.
Read below the full statement from GII
KILLING OF AHMED HUSSEIN-SUALE, AN ATTACK ON THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION - GII
The news of the murder of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, a known Investigative Journalist with Anas’ Tiger-Eye PI has been received by the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the local chapter of Transparency International (TI) with grave trepidation as the act is signalling a dangerous twist to the fight against corruption in Ghana.
As the enormous contribution of investigative journalists and the media in general to the fight against corruption cannot be overemphasized, GII joins all other anti-corruption Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and media institutions in Ghana and the world over to condemn this dastardly act.
This act is not only going to create unnecessary fear and panic among well-meaning Ghanaians who are desirous to join the fight against corruption, but it is also going to dent the image of Ghana’s growing democracy.
GII is therefore of the opinion that, to end the impunity of attacks on journalists, the Police and all other appropriate state agencies must swiftly investigate this heinous crime and make the perpetrators face the full rigours of the law.