A United States of America(U.S.A) Conress man has waded into the murder of undercoer journalist working with Tiger Eye PI, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who was brutally murdered late last Wednesday in Accra as the Criminal Inestigation Department (CID) launches thorough investigation into the dastardly act.
Hank Johnson, who is a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote to the State Department demanding “a prompt and thorough investigation” into the possible role Mr. Agyapong’s utterances might have played in the gruesome killing of Mr. Hussein-Suale.
He also called for intelligence support for the Ghana government’s investigation of Mr. Hussein-Suale’s death, including potential Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI support via the Office of the Legal Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Accra saying “We cannot allow the voices of truth to be muffled by those who would benefit from silence and deceit.”
Hussein-Suale was part of a team whose investigation of widespread corruption in Ghanaian and international soccer exposed more than 100 referees taking bribes; resulted in outright dissolution of the Ghana Football Association; and led to a lifetime FIFA ban for Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, who was a member of the FIFA Council, the sport’s supreme international governing body.
During the heat of that expose’, Mr. Kennedy Agyapong MP, a member of the Ghanaian parliament and media executive with close ties to those directly implicated in Mr. Hussein-Suale’s journalism.
In May and June 2018, Mr. Agyapong openly called for violence against Mr. Hussein-Suale, published his photograph and publicized his whereabouts. Mr. Agyapong’s actions were condemned at the time by the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders.
The congressman wrote to the State Department to request that U.S. diplomatic authorities report to Congress to access the potential scope of U.S. diplomatic, law enforcement, and intelligence support for the Government of Ghana’s investigation of Mr. Hussein-Suale’s death, including potential Federal Bureau of Investigation support via the Office of the Legal Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Conduct an independent assessment of the murder and the quality and scope of the Ghanaian government’s investigation; and to determine what sanctions may be levied against Kennedy Agyapong MP, including a ban on travel to the U.S., a ban on access to the U.S. banking system for Mr. Agyapong and his businesses, and any other appropriate and applicable sanctions.
“When the instigation by government officials of violence against journalists is tolerated in any country, it imperils the free press everywhere, including here in the United States,” said Rep. Johnson. “The United States government should offer its powerful investigative capabilities to the Ghanaian government to help bring these killers to justice,” the letter stated