Family of Ahmed appeals for public support to catch killers

The family of the investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who was shot and killed last week, has appealed to the general public to assist the police catch the killers.

Hussein-Suale was last Wednesday shot twice in the chest and once in the neck killing him.

He was instrumental in the undercover investigations that exposed corruption in football in Ghana and across the continent.

At a news conference in Accra, the family says no effort should be spared in resourcing the police and called on national and international bodies to support.

“We would like to call on the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Association of African Journalists and Writers (AAJW), International Federation of Journalist (IFJ), Global Investigative Journalists Network (GIJN), All Foreign Missions in Ghana, Civil Society Groups and the General Public to support the Security Agencies and the Ghana Police Service with Information, Technology and expertise to unravel the mystery surrounding the killing of Divenla Hussein Ahmed Suale.

“The family would want a periodic update from the Government of Ghana and the security agencies on progress made in bringing the perpetrators to book,” a family spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, international human rights campaigner, Amnesty International, has urged security agencies to swiftly clampdown on what they say is the recent wave of seeming arranged killings in the country.

 Amnesty International Ghana is urging the police to release a plan on how to seize and address this worrying trend, proposing that a special task force should be constituted to develop this plan and share it with Ghanaians.

The proposal by the human rights group follows the killing of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who is a key member of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s Tiger Eye private investigative team.

In a press release issued on Thursday, Amnesty International Ghana said Ahmed’s killing and that of Mr. Joseph Miigaai Jakperuk, the Deputy Distribution Manager of Accra East Region of GWCL and Mrs Josephine Asante, the Marketing and Public Relations Manager of the Tema Port has a potential to put Ghanaians into a state of fear, insecurity and worry.

“These incidents threaten the right to life and liberty of Ghanaians and others in Ghana,” Amnesty International said.

Joseph Miigaai Jakperuk was also shot dead by unknown assailants Gbangu in the East Mamprusi District of the Northern Region, while Mrs Josephine Asante was been stabbed to death at her residence at community 25 in Tema in the Greater Accra Region.

Police have launched investigations in all the killings, however, Amnesty International wants the men in uniform to make necessary aspects of their investigation reports known to the public to help limit potential state of fear, insecurity and worry.

“It will also be necessary that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Ghana Police Service comes out with a statement and strategy to address the emerging trends of seeming “arranged” killings which, seem to be gaining prominence just within the first month of the year to allay the fears of Ghanaians,” the human rights group said in its statement.

Amnesty International reminds the government that the right to life is sacrosanct and must be given the utmost priority.