Murder Of Undercover Journalist: Police Must Investigate With Integrity In Mind – Security Analyst
Fraud and Security analyst, Richard Kumadoe is urging the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to swiftly investigate the murder of undercover Journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale and bring the perpetrators to book.
Ahmed Hussein-Suale was gunned down by unknown assailants at Madina on Wednesday night, after Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong called for retribution against him.
The unidentified men on motorbikes shot at him three times, twice in the chest and another in the neck while driving home.
Hussein-Suale was a key investigative journalist with Ghana’s ace undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger Eye P.I.
Ahmed had investigated corruption in Ghana’s football leagues dubbed ‘Number 12’, which led to a lifetime ban for the former head of Ghana’s Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi.
Kennedy Agyapong has been fingered by many Ghanaians over the killing, but he has denied inciting assailants against Ahmed whose works have led to many including renowned judges, losing their jobs in the past few years.
Mr Agyapong, a financier of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) showed the journalist’s face on his own television network,NET 2 TV last year and asked for him to be dealt with.
That was after ‘Number 12’ was shown on some national television stations and had stirred controversies over the modus operandi adopted in filming the documentary which had received applause from anti-corruption crusaders.
Kennedy Agyapong, MP for Assin central
Mr Agyapong says he only asked that the deceased be stopped from coming to his TV station premises.
Police say they are thoroughly investigation the heinous crime and have asked the public to assist them with every necessary information.
Given that Ahmed’s killing can be linked to his works and that news of his demise has gone global, Mr Kumadoe advised the police to work diligently as they guard their integrity.
"The police must be proactive…They must put their integrity on the line and get to the bottom of the matter,�� he told Kwame Minkah, host of Ete Sen on Radio XYZ 93.1 on Monday.
He also admonished the country's security agencies to be proactive in their line of duties especially at a time trends of crime have changed in the recent past.
"...The nature and trend of crime has changed and the police must up their game... the conventional methods must be changed too,” he urged.
Advising the public to help the police to get to the bottom of the matter, Mr Kumadoe stated that "the rumour mongering and finger pointing must stop" despite the controversies surrounding the murder, adding "Let’s help the police to do their work.”
Tiger Eye P.I
Mr Kumadoe also urged the Tiger Eye P.I to take its personal security seriously and revive their internal operations mechanism to jump over any hurdles that may be thrown their way.
"They will have to revise their internal operational mechanisms...The patrons must start walking more and less talking on air. The outlook will remain same but the strategic operational tactics will have to be assessed and review when possible," he said in a statement.
“Team members must have frank discussions among themselves and do amends when necessary.”
Stressing that the unity of the members of the investigative body is paramount to their survival, the Executive Director of Quest Services Limited observed that "When the unit is targeted to be grounded they will need unity and solidarity, a very major key for survival," adding that "Key management staff must have face to face frank discussions with themselves to forge ahead and to make amends when possible."
He also suggested that "Physiologists will also be needed if possible to psych the team up before they break their bones and hearts."
"Regrouping and reuniting must and should take a professional tone and in line with best practices," his statement advised.
Meanwhile, the family of Hussein-Suale has communicated its readiness to cooperate with investigators to fish out the killers of the journalist.
However, at apress conference at Madina on Sunday, the family say they suspect Ahmed was killed for his work.