ACCRA, Ghana (AP) – A study journalist in Ghana who helped expose a senior official on the world football body FIFA who was corrupt shot by soldiers on a motorcycle as he drove home alone at night, police said Thursday.
His employers said he was murdered.
Ahmed Hussein-Suale was killed late Wednesday, shot twice in the chest and once in close range while driving in the suburb of Accra, where he lived. He died immediately, police said.
Tiger Eye PI, the investigative journalist house Hussein-Suale worked for, said it was the hallmark of a professional hit.
"We urge the security agencies to mask the elements behind this murder and bring them to book," said Tiger Eye PI.
Police have not made any arrests. Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo condemned the murder and said he expected the police to arrest the perpetrators of the "violent crime" as soon as possible.
Hussein-Suale, led by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a famous Ghanaian exploration journalist, once appointed and praised by former US President Barack Obama as brave and who has used undercover television documentaries to reveal graft and organized crime in Ghana and across Africa.
Anas, himself undercover to investigate issues such as human trafficking and corruption among Ghanaian judges, appears publicly wearing elaborate, multicolored veil over his face to protect his identity. The blinds allow him to work without being recognized, but also help to avoid retaliation.
Anas confirmed Hussein-Suale's death on Facebook: "Sad news, but we are not silent. Rest in peace."
The team's recent work focused on revealing corruption in African football as they portray as a creepy world of Backroom collections, where coaches, judges and even the highest officials can be cooled to make games or hand out favors.
The team got one of its biggest scoops when it caught Kwesi Nyantakyi, a member of the world soccer FIFA council and the second most powerful man in African football at that time, and received a $ 65,000 bribe from their undercover journalists who constituted unethical businessmen. Nyantakyi smiles as he throws money in a black plastic bag and advocates using his position as president of the Ghanaian Football Association to help the businessmen ̵
Nyantakyi stepped in with all his roles and was banned from football for life last year for bribery, corruption and conflicts of interest as a result of the documentary.
The film also claimed widespread corruption among other officials, judges and coaches, and the entire Ghana Football Association was shut down by Ghana's president as a result. Africa's Football Federation, the continent's top football body, banned or suspended nearly two dozen judges and officials because of Ana's work.
Tiger Eye PI said Hussein-Suales last project because it was football documentary. It didn't say which other projects he was involved with for them. The BBC said that Hussein-Suale was working on it on various projects, including a study of human body parts sold for ritual magic in Malawi.
Some of the methods used by Anas & # 39; team have been questioned and criticized, especially the tactics of journalists, as others, to shed any corrupt numbers. The methods have been condemned as illegal by some, including Nyantakyi, who said he would appeal his life ban on football.
Hussein-Suales also drew attention to comments made on TV by a Ghanaian politician and businessman following Nyantakyi scandal bread. Kennedy Agyapong, a Member of Parliament, appeared at his own television station to clarify and dismiss Hussein-Suale as "dangerous" and encourage members of the public to attack the journalist if they came across him.
Ranting and shouting Into the camera, Agyapong said: "The very dangerous boy (Ahmed-Hussein) lives here in Madina. If you meet him somewhere, break his ears. If he ever comes to this Place, I'll tell you, beat him. Whatever happens, I pay because he's bad, Ahmed. "The station also sent photographs of Hussein-Suale, who apparently revealed his identity. Agyapong, in remarks on Ghanaian radio Thursday, refused any involvement in the killing.
But in his Facebook message that pays homage to Hussein-Suale and says his team does not become the board, Anas has also sent a link to the Agyapong video.
"We … remain untouched in our decision to pursue land and make corruption a high-risk activity in the country," said Tiger Eye PI. "Ahmed was an excellent, experienced investigator."
Imray reported from Somerset West, South Africa.
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