The family of killed undercover investigator, Ahmed Hussein-Suale says he started receiving death threats after his photographs were published.
This perhaps confirms the view of many that the young man who worked with private investigative firm, Tiger Eye PI, would have still been alive had Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong not published his photographs out of anger against his work.
Ahmed was a key partner to investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and participated in the Number 12 documentary which exposed corrupt and underhand dealings in Ghana Football.
Details of the documentary shocked Ghana, Africa and the entire football fraternity and led to the resignation of Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi and his subsequent lifetime ban by football governing body, FIFA.
My Agyapong was one of the fierce critics of the work and did not hide his disgust at the methods used by Tiger Eye in producing the documentary.
In one of his numerous rants following the release of the exposé, Mr Agyapong on his television station, NET2, encouraged violence against Ahmed, offering to pay personally for such violence and disclosing the deceased’s whereabouts. He also showed photographs of Ahmed during the live broadcast.
While some NPP MPs have mounted a defence for Mr Agyapong following Ahmed’s killing at Madina, a suburb of Accra on January 16, his family believes their son would have still been alive had his face not been revealed to the public.
At a press conference at the family house at Madina, the family described Ahmed as having a very quiet and calm demeanour; characteristics that helped him with his work without fear or threat on his life.
He, however, “began experiencing threats to his life and reports of same from his immediate family and friends, only when details of his Ghanaian Passport and Photographs were shown and widely circulated on some TV Stations and in the Print Media and Social Media platforms.
“Right after, Suale began receiving death threats and strange occurrences around himself and his environment; developments that caused him to make several reports to the Police Administration,” the family spokesperson said.
This action could not, however, save him from the cruel hands of his assailants, the distraught family added.
They say although they are devastated and stunned by the loss, they remain faithful to Allah, knowing that he is the only one capable and able to expose the assailants and their sponsors to face punishment on earth and even after.
“The family is ready and willing to cooperate and work with the law enforcement agencies to get to the bottom of this matter.
“The family is pursuing this matter in order to support the Ghanaian people to avert any further occurrence on those other well-meaning Ghanaians; whose photographs were shown alongside that of our son.”
They called on Ghanaians to take their personal security seriously, “by taking note of strange, unusual movements and occurrences in and around their houses, neighbourhood, communities and towns.”