Ghana investigative journo killed
Posted: 17 January 2019 Time: 03:47 pm
One of the undercover journalists who gained global attention for his role in exposing a corruption scandal in African football has been assassinated, according to Police in Accra.
Ahmed Husein was one of the team members of Tiger Eye Private Investigations led by award-winning journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas which exposed corruption in Ghana's football leagues.
The undercover report on cash gifts led to a lifetime ban for the former head of Ghana's Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, amidst allegations of requesting $11 million (R151m) to secure government contracts.
However, the crew were widely criticised for filming several of their sources within their reports without their knowledge or consent.
After the BBC broadcast the football documentary, Ghanaian MP Kennedy Agyapong circulated photos of Mr Hussein-Suale and called for retribution against him.
"If he comes here, beat him," Mr Agyapong says in a video published on news site Ghana Web. "Whatever happens, I'll pay."
VIDEO: Ghanaian MP Kennedy Ohene Agyapong calling for attacks on Journalist Ahmed Husein for exposing corruption in African Football.— David Maina Ndung'u???????? (@ItsDavidMaina) January 17, 2019
Husein has been assassinated on the streets of Accra Ghana by armed men on motorbikes.#RIPAhmedHusein pic.twitter.com/oUjLD2dqD5
After the expose which saw Nyantakyi slapped with a lifetime football ban from FIFA and fined $496 000 (R6.8m) for being found guilty of bribery and corruption, dozens of referees and football officials also received bans.
According to The Associated Free Press, Husein was shot in the neck and the chest by unknown gunmen on his way home on Wednesday night.
Ghana's national media regulator condemned the killing and called on the police to conduct a thorough investigation.
"It will be in the national interest to arrest the perpetrators of this crime," the commission's chairman Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo said in a statement.