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Looters and cheats killed Suale-Hussein — Family

BY: Daily Graphic

The family of Ahmed Suale-Hussein, the investigative journalist who was shot dead on January 16, 2019, has said he was killed by people who want to continue to loot the country’s resources and cheat people.

They, therefore, appealed to civil society groups, the security agencies, journalists and foreign missions in the country to help unravel the mystery behind his murder.

At a press conference at Madina in Accra on Sunday, the family also called on the government and the security agencies to make every effort to bring the perpetrators to book.

The family used the press conference to thank individuals and groups that found time to commiserate with it after Suale-Hussein’s murder.

A family spokesman, Mr Mustapha Iddrisu, said members of the family were ready and willing to cooperate and work with the security agencies to get to the bottom of the matter.

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“The family is pursuing this matter in order to support the Ghanaian people to avert any further occurrence on other well-meaning Ghanaians whose photographs were shown alongside that of our son.

“We call on the good people of Ghana to take their personal security seriously by taking note of strange and unusual movements and occurrences in and around their houses, neighbourhoods, communities and towns,’’ Mr Iddrisu said.

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Outrage

Suale-Hussein was a key member of Tiger Eye PI, the investigative team of the ace undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

He was shot three times by unidentified men riding a motorbike — twice in the chest and once in the neck — while he was driving home at Madina in Accra on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

His murder attracted widespread condemnation from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), the United Nations (UN), Amnesty International, among other bodies and the public.

Criticism

Mr Agyapong had criticised the work of Tiger Eye PI and called on people to beat members of the team, including Suale-Hussein.

That was after the legislator had premiered a video entitled: “Who watches the watchman”, in which he featured what he perceived to be alleged corrupt practices of the Tiger Eye PI team.

The premiere also revealed the identities and passports of some members of the Tiger Eye PI team, including Suale-Hussein.

 But Mr Agyapong has denied any involvement in Suale-Hussein’s death, saying he had no reason to kill the journalist.

Threats

According to the family, Suale-Hussein started receiving death threats immediately after his cover was blown and his pictures and passport put in the public domain.

“Right after that, Suale began receiving death threats and strange occurrences around him and his environment; developments that caused him to make several reports to the Police Administration; an act that never saved him from the cruel hands of his assailants,” Mr Iddrisu said.

Video

Mr Agyapong’s video was in reaction to an investigative piece by Tiger Eye PI, ‘Number 12’ dubbed: “When misconduct and greed become the norm”.

The screening of Anas’s video at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on June 6, 2018 had to be paused several times to cool the “tempers” of viewers who were visibly shocked at the ease with which the investigative team easily bribed some referees, match commissioners and officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the National Sports Authority (NSA) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.