NDC condemns murder of journalist Calls for speedy investigations

BY: Daily Graphic
Ahmed Hussein-Suale was murderd last Wednesday night
Ahmed Hussein-Suale was murderd last Wednesday night

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has condemned the brutal murder of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, a member of the Tiger Eye PI, an investigative outfit headed by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

“The NDC wishes to commiserate with the family and loved ones of Ahmed and all his associates at Tiger Eye PI.

We pray that Allah comforts you in this difficult time and grant his soul eternal rest,” the NDC said.

A statement signed and issued by the party’s General Secretary, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, in Accra yesterday said: “this heinous crime has shaken the media fraternity in Ghana to the core and has the potential to reverse the gains we have made in the promotion of press freedom.

This incident also portends great danger for the already wobbly fight against corruption, and reduces Ghana's standing in the comity of nations as a shining light of democracy and free speech.”

The NDC, the statement said, adds its voice to the many calls by well-meaning Ghanaians on the security agencies to ensure the speedy apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators of the cowardly act.

Five murders in a month

“We decry the recent spate of violent crimes resulting in the brutal murder of five innocent Ghanaians within the last one month,” the statement stressed.

According to the statement, the impunity and nonchalance with which those murders had been carried out, pointed to an emboldening of the criminals behind them.

“We have also noted the public outcry and demand for the arrest of Kennedy Agyapong, MP for Assin Central.

 While taking a serious view of his call for the assault of the late journalist and agreeing in principle with his questioning for possible involvement in this crime, we caution against the mere scapegoating of Mr Agyapong as a ruse to cover up a potentially more sinister plot behind this killing,” the statement said.

All-encompassing investigation

It added that given the huge embarrassment that the ‘Number 12’ video brought to persons in high places, it was the expectation of the NDC that any investigation into the killing of Ahmed Suale would be all-encompassing emphasising that “we expect that no one, irrespective of their exalted position, would be deemed untouchable in the investigations.”

According to the statement, the rapid descent of the country into lawlessness and insecurity, characterised by those assassinations and gangster-style executions, showed the current fragile and tenuous security situation prevailing in the country.

The NDC, has, therefore, called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to adopt a more hands-on, problem-solving approach, especially in the face of the upsurge in violent crimes and unexplained killings.

Also, the party has demanded an immediate plan from the government which sets out a clear and comprehensive strategy aimed at protecting Ghanaians and halting the violent killings.