Ghanaians have been reacting angrily to the killing of an undercover journalist by gunmen in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
The investigator, Ahmed Hussein-Suale worked with ace investigative Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw on the #Number12 expose’ on corruption in Ghana football.
Hussein-Suale was reportedly killed by the gunmen on Wednesday night on his way home from work.
He was shot three times, twice in the chest and another in the neck in his car.
This comes months after his picture was brandished on National Television by a Member of Parliament of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the heat of the #Number12 expose’.
The MP, Kennedy Agyapong further called on the public to attack the investigator and that he would take responsibility for that.
Anas announced the death of his partner in a Facebook message saying he was hit three times; twice in the chest and once in the neck, dying on the spot.
“Sad news, but we shall not be silenced. Rest in peace, Ahmed,” he added.
— Anas Aremeyaw Anas (@anasglobal) January 17, 2019
Colleague journalists outraged
A member of Anas’ investigative team Latif Abubakar, said Hussein-Suale’s life was under unceasing threat after his image was exposed by the MP.
“You know when you are doing an undercover investigation and you are exposing the bad guys, definitely the bad would want to get back at you, it is obvious. So if your picture is exposed to those bad guys anything can happen,” he told Accra based radio station Starr FM.
Ghanaian journalist who worked with Ahmed, Kent Mensah said the killing “is horrible and disturbing. It’s a big shame and an attack on democracy and the media.”
MP has questions to answer
A lawyer for the Tiger Eye PI team, the company owned by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Kissi Agyabeng says the MP has a question to answer following the slaying of the investigative reporter.
“The recklessness of it was such that the pictures were not even clear, anyone who bore the slightest resemblance to these pictures was at risk of attack.
“I hope the Member of Parliament is now happy and rejoicing that God has granted his wish that this man has been killed, ” Agyabeng said.
He adds that “in the law, if you counsel someone to commit a crime, or procure someone by saying go do this I will give you money it is criminal… In which jurisdiction would you find something like that. I am not accusing anybody, I don’t have the evidence to accuse anyone but I can’t close my eyes to such recklessness, it was very reckless”.
— CPJ Africa (@CPJAfrica) January 17, 2019
Tiger Eye PI said in a statement on Thursday that the murder of Hussein-Suale won’t deter it from doing it’s work.
“We at Tiger Eye PI are terribly devastated by the dastardly act, but remain unshaken in our resolve to pursue nation-wreckers and make corruption a high-risk activity in the country,” said the statement calling on security agencies to unmask the elements behind this assassination and bring them to book.
Journalists in Ghana continue to come under attacks and threats for their work. In some instances they have suffered attacks from security officials who are supposed to protect them.