A 29-year-old has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of Ghanaian journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale, the police have confirmed.
Abdul Rashid Meizongo was arrested in the capital Accra and currently assisting with investigations as 13 others have already been questioned over the crime.
According to the police, Rashid attempted bribing a personnel to prevent his arrest.
“This morning [Thursday], we had information that the suspect called a Policeman that he has got information that the Accra Regional Police Command is looking for him in connection with Suale’s death and that he wants the policeman to assist him so the Accra Regional Police will stop pursuing him.
“He asked the Police to meet him at West Hills Mall so he will give some amount of money to give to the police officers who are looking for him. So we asked our men to arrange the policeman he will call. He went and laid ambush at West Hills Mall and when he came we got him arrested. We brought him to Accra Regional Police headquarters and now we have transferred him to Police CID headquarters because that is where they are investigating that murder case,” acting Greater Accra Region Police Commander, DCOP Kwaku Boadu Peprah told Accra-based Citi FM.
Hussein-Suale helped expose a high-ranking official at world soccer body FIFA as corrupt was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike as he drove home alone at night, police said. He was shot twice in the chest and once in the neck at close range while driving in the suburb of Accra where he lived. He died immediately, according to police.
The investigation led to the resignation and subsequent banning for life of Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi.
Dozens of football referees and officials in several countries were also banned as a result of the investigation, including the Nigerian national team coach, Salisu Yusuf, for receiving cash from undercover journalists posing as agents.
Hussein-Suale had previously made a complaint to police after a Ghanaian politician, Kennedy Agyapong, showed his photograph on a private television channel.
Agyapong promised payment for supporters who took retribution against Hussein-Suale. “That boy that’s very dangerous, he lives here in Madina. If he comes here, beat him,” he said, pointing to Hussein-Suale’s image.
Agyapong himself rejected claims that he “engineered the killing” of Hussein-Suale, telling local radio station Neat FM: “He has never offended me. So, they should go and investigate those he has offended not me. He and his boss [Anas] have offended so many people in this country. The evil they have been doing will follow them.”
The Committee to Protect Journalists called for an immediate investigation and for Ghanaian authorities to “ensure that threats against the press are taken seriously”.
Source: Daily Mail GH