Wondering whether the investigative journalist was killed for his profession or otherwise, President Akufo-Addo said the inability to unravel the cause of death is negatively affecting Ghana’s press freedom image.
“Unfortunately for us, despite the very widespread effort made by the police and the CID, we still have not been able to lay hands on the perpetrators of Suale’s death,” he lamented to the leadership of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) at the Jubilee House on Wednesday, October 26.
“It is unfortunate. So, even though he is a journalist, we still don’t know why he was killed, whether because of the work he was doing or other matters.”
Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot thrice on his shoulders by two men on motor bikes on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 near his Madina residence.
The attackers were said to have laid in wait for hours before perpetrating the heinous crime. He was then part of investigations by Tiger Eye PI that had led to a landmark exposé of corruption in Ghana football.
Police are still investigating the crime with no one arrested as of yet despite a few persons picked up for interrogation.
President Akufo-Addo assured the leadership of GJA of the general safety of journalists in the country.
“The safety of journalists in Ghana has to be considered as sacrosanct; sacrosanct from members of the community, sacrosanct from agencies of the state and we must live in a country where journalists have to feel safe to go about their work because the work they do for the country and the community is extremely important.” The leadership of GJA had called on the President after assuming the reins as executives of the Association.