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Opinion | Jan 18, 2019

The Death Of Hussein-Suale: When Did This Mafia Style Of Assassination Started In Ghana?

The Death Of Hussein-Suale: When Did This Mafia Style Of Assassination Started In Ghana?

I have long been interested in the question of how Ghana has become a violent country with series of armed robbery until I stumbled upon another senseless assassination of journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who appears to be a key partner of Anas’ investigation team.

When did this kind of Mafia-style of assassination commenced in Ghana? What crime has this man committed? I feel very bitter inside me, the fact that there is no more truth in this world and those willing to pursue the truth would die in such a horrific manner.

Journalists have been targeted, even though they are neither terrorists nor violent. Just a couple of months ago, a well-known journalist and critic of the Saudi government, Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered in the Saudi’s Consulate in Istanbul. His death sparked a lot of unrest and condemnation around the world.

According to the ModernGhana news, Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot by gunmen on a motorbike, on Wednesday night, while in his car driving home. He was reportedly shot three times, twice in the chest and another in the neck.

It’s unfortunate that Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who just a common journalist working hard to make his country a corruption-free has to suffer such a violent death.

In a country like Ghana that everything is falling apart, including the judiciary system, we need to sit in limbo with hopes and dreams to see if the killers of this innocent journalist will be apprehended.

There are safety rules in whatever we do, for example, it is compulsory for a visitor or worker at a construction site to wear a helmet, therefore, I have some few questions I want to direct to Anas Aremeyaw Anas since the slain journalist works with him.

Do you drive Anas or someone drives you? If you do, is your face covered?

You do cover your face because you want to protect yourself and identity, yet, Mr. Hussein-Suale doesn’t wear a mask even though you know how dangerous being an investigative journalist is in Ghana.

If you are dwelling on certain safety principles to protect your life in Ghana, why did you fail to let Mr. Ahmed Hussein-Suale live on the same safety rules you have adopted?

A case like that could easily be investigated in a developed world, since before his death, he became a subject of hate over investigation which exposed some corrupt officials, including Nyantekyi, however, because Ghana suffers incurable cancerous corruption, nobody knows how this case will end.

This is a serious case the Ghanaian government must try at all cost to bring the perpetrators to face justice. It is a big challenge to the Ghanaian government and the Criminal Division of the Ghana police. This is the time the world including Ghana, will see how good you are in solving crimes.

Joel Savage
Joel Savage, © 2019

Joel Savage is a Ghanaian-Belgian journalist and author. The accredited press-card holder of the Flemish Journalists Association once contributed regularly to the features column of the Daily Graphic, The Mirror, Ghanaian Times and the Weekly Spectator. The writer currently lives in Belgium.,

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