A former deputy minister for Upper West region during the Prof. Mills government has described the Ghana police service’s way of handling Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong following the murder of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein Suale smacks of hypocrisy.
Mr Kale Caeser believes the police are treating Mr Agyapong with “kid gloves” because his party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is in power.
Ahmed was was gunned down by unknown assailants at Madina, a suburb of Accra on Wednesday night. The unidentified men on motorbikes shot at him three times, twice in the chest and another in the neck while he was driving home.
Hussein-Suale was a key investigative journalist with Ghana’s ace undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger Eye P.I firm.
His death comes some months after Kennedy Agyapong called for retribution against him on NET 2 TV, a TV station owned by the legislator.
That was after Tiger Eye P.I’s investigative documentary that exposed corruption in Ghana football dubbed ‘Number 12’ had been shown on some national television stations. It had stirred controversies over the modus operandi adopted in filming the documentary which had received applause from anti-corruption crusaders.
Ahmed was the brain behind ‘Number 12’ which led to a lifetime ban for the former head of Ghana’s Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi.
The Police has announced it has interrogated Mr Kennedy Agyapong and the biggest victim of ‘Number 12’, Mr Kwasi Nyantakyi over the assassination of Mr Suale.
According to a statement signed by the Director-General of Public Affairs at the Ghana Police Service, ACP David Eklu, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has already started “extensive and rigorous investigations into the unfortunate killing.”
the statement further said the CID will continue to interrogate other persons of interest as well as following up on “multiple significant leads”, assuring that they will undertake a thorough investigation into the matter.
“Updates and outcomes of these investigations will be made known to the general public as they become available and appropriate to do so,” the statement added.
However, speaking on Ete Sen on Radio XYZ 93.1, Mr Caeser noted he does not understand why the legislator who incited the public against the journalist has been allowed travel outside the country while police continue to investigate the matter.
He believes the police are not able to treat Kennedy Agyapong, whose comments have recieved wide condmnations from prominent people including a United States Congress man, the way they should because of his influence in the ruling NPP.
“Kennedy Agyapong’s TV station would have been shut down if we were in a serious country,” he told Kwame Minkah, host of Ete sen.
“You believe if it were a media house belonging to an NDC MP, his station wouldn’t be closed by now?” he quizzed whille pointing out the “hypocrisy” of the Ghana Police Service and the supposed neutrals who have suddenly lost their voices on the matter.
“I am counselling them for the first time that they should get to the bottom of the matter. They should also know that some international bodies are watching us,” he added.
His comments corroborates the position of the Minority in Parliament over the murder of Ahmed.
At a press conference on Monday, the Minority led by Builsa North MP and former deputy interior minister, James Agalga called for the arrest of Kennedy Agyapong over the death, citing section 20(1) of the Criminal and Other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29)
The United Nations (UN), Transparency International, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), International Press Institute, Global Witness, Ghana Journalist Association, ASEPA, UNESCO, International Federation of Journalists- IFJ among others have issued statements, condemning the murder.
Meanwhile, 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.
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.”
By: Henryson Okrah/myxyzonline.com/Ghana