Ahmed Hussein-Suale: Ghanaian Investigative Journalist, Killed in Accra
Ahmed Hussein-Suale, a Ghanaian undercover investigative journalist who helped expose corruption in African football along, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has just been shot dead in Madina, Accra. Kennedy Agyapong denies involvement.
How did Ahmed Hussein-Suale die?
The shooting happened while, Ahmed Hussein-Suale was driving home, after a politician, Kennedy Agyapong called for retribution against him. Unidentified men riding on motorbikes in Accra fired at Ahmed Hussein-Suale, shooting him 3 times, according to local media reports. Two bullets got to his chest and one in his neck.
Anas Aremeyaw, in a message on Facebook announced the death, saying Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot thrice and died on the spot. Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in a video on his Facebook page, gave the announcement of his colleague’s murder in linkage to Mr. Agyapong comments that urged residents of Madina to go after Ahmed.
This is such an unfortunate loss for the entire journalism community, but mostly for Ghana, an instrumental pillar in the development of Africa!Targeted violence against the press is not common in Ghana. Only one journalist: Ahmed Hussein-Suale, has been killed in Ghana since 1992. (According to the Committee to Protect Journalists.) #JournalismIsNotACrime Click To Tweet
Biography: Who was Ahmed Hussein-Suale?
Known for his undercover investigative journalism, Ahmed Hussein-Suale was a member of Tiger Eye Private Investigations and colleague of fellow Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Along with other stories, he investigated corruption in Ghana’s football league. This undercover report on cash gifts and bribes led to the lifetime banning of the former head of Ghana’s Football Association.
He died on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 when unidentified men on motorbikes shot him three times, twice in the chest and once in his neck in his vehicle.
BBC Africa Eye did a documentary on the scandal in 2018 recorded by undercover journalist, Anas Aremayaw Anas, who runs Tiger Eye Private Investigations. Ahmed Hussein-Suale also worked with BBC on a number of stories, like the investigation on human body parts that were sold for ritual magic in Malawi.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, also known as Anas, is a Ghanaian investigative journalist. Besides being an Undercover journalist. he is also a Documentary filmmaker. Private investigator and Attorney at Law. He runs Tiger Eye PI. Cobra Eye Ghana.
Why was Ahmed Hussein-Suale killed?
Investigations are still underway so no official reports have been made yet. As a result, no one knows who was behind the murder of Ahmed Hussein-Suale as at now.
The investigations on football corruption led to the scraping of Ghana’s football body and a lifetime ban for African football official.
After the scandal was broadcast by BBC Eye, Ghanaian M.P. Kennedy Agyapong, shared photos of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, calling for retribution against him.
This resulted to New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, calling on Kennedy Agyapong to stop threatening the journalist.
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Condolence Message from President Akufo-Addo:
Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo posted his condolence message saying this:
“I have learnt with sadness of the killing of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, an associate of investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw.
I condemn the act unreservedly and extend my condolences to his family.
I expect the police to bring to book, as soon as possible, the perpetrators of this heinous crime. one again, my heartfelt condolences.”– President Akufo-Addo.
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Violence and Censorship against Investigative Journalists in Africa.
Violence against the press is not common in Ghana. Only one journalist has been killed in Ghana since 1992.
This is According to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
The International Federation of Journalists says eight journalists were killed across all of Africa in 2017.
Kennedy Agyapong vs Investigative Journalists:
Mr. Agyapong accused the Ahmed of being corrupt and evil in the wake of his probe into Ghana football. He has since been heavily criticised for inciting violence against Ahmed Hussein-Suale, Anas and his team.
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. He also revealed a photo of Ahmed Hussein-Suale.
He also suggested that Anas deserved to be hanged as a result of his 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.
Kennedy Agyapong denies involvement: Says he didn’t kill Ahmed Hussein-Suale:
The Outspoken Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, distanced himself from Ahmed Hussein-Suale murder.
According to Agyapong, he wouldn’t engineer the murder of a person who is irrelevant in his life.
Speaking on Accra-based Neat FM, hours after the murder, Mr. Agyapong said he is well placed and will gain nothing should he take away the life of the investigator:
“This boy is irrelevant to my life. Why would I be stupid and order people to kill him looking at how far God has brought me? He has not offended me in anyway. They should look for those who may be behind this heinous act.
This is just cheap propaganda. I don’t live a low life. I am focused in everything that I do, that is why I am very loud when I am arguing. I don’t compromise on anything. Ahmed has not done anything to me because I am not part of the people he set up.”Kennedy Agyapong
Police Questioning of Kennedy Agyapong:
Responding to concerns that he needs to be invited by the police on circumstances that might have led to the killing of the Tiger Eye member, the legislator expressed his preparedness to meet with the police because he has caused no harm:
“I hear people want the police to question me. Why should the police invite and question me? I am not afraid of anyone. The police should come; I will replay the video to them. I don’t have time for Ahmed at all. They are just dodging the issue.
I don’t plot evil because the evil that men do lives after them. Anas and his team know the wicked things they have done and the enemies they have created for themselves and I am certainly not one.”Kennedy Agyapong
“For me, I just wanted to expose Anas for people to know that he is equally corrupt. And, that is exactly what I did. He stepped on the toes of many people.
So, if thorough investigations are not done and they rather accuse me of killing the gentleman, then they are dodging. The very people who committed the crime will go scot free.”Kennedy Agyapong
Just a few hours ago, Kennedy Agyapong was summoned by the police as they look further into this murder.
Although no direct links have been drawn between Kennedy Agyapong’s call to violence and Ahmed Hussein-Suale murder, some Ghanaians are already criticising the controversial MP.
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