Ahmed Husein Suale, a Ghanaian undercover journalist that helped expose corruption in African Football has been shot in Ghana’s capital Accra police said on Thursday.
Ahmed was part of the team led by award winning journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas whose revelation led to the resignation of Ghana Football Association’s head and banning of a huge number of football referees and officials.
A police spokesperson told AFP the journalist was shot in the neck and the chest by unknown gunmen on his way home on Wednesday night. Ahmed had lodged a report with the police expressing fear for his life after his pictures were shown on national television.
Ghanaian journalists have condemned the killing asking the police to conduct thorough investigations and see to it that the perpetrators get punished.
Ghana’s national media regulator has through their chairman, Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, asked the police to do investigations. “It will be in the national interest to arrest the perpetrators of this crime,” the Commission’s chair said in a statement.
While working with Anas, Ahmed helped to see the Football World governing body FIFA ban former GFA head Kwesi Nyantakyi for life also fining him nearly $500000. Anas’ team, Ahmed included revealed footage of Kwesi receiving bribes. Eight referees and assistant referees were banned also banned for life while 53 officials received a 10-year bans.
Award winning Anas tweeted to mourn the loss of his colleague and friend. “Sad news, but we shall not be silenced. Rest in peace, Ahmed.”
He posted a short video showing a Member of Parliament advocating for the use of violence on Suale and his colleagues after the football corruption exposé aired.
No links have however been drawn between the MP and Wednesday evening’s occurrence.