Prominent investigative journalist shot dead in Ghana

Family and community members gather to mourn the death of Hussein Suale in Accra

In a statement, Tiger Eye PI said Hussein-Sualehad received death threats after recently finishing work on a documentary that exposed bribery and corruption in African soccer.

"He invited the world to beat him up and said he will pay for it and now he [Ahmed] has been killed...he has questions to answer", Mr Agyebeng told the host, Daniel Dadzie.

The NDC adds its voice to the many calls by well-meaning Ghanaians on our security agencies to ensure the speedy apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators of this cowardly act.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong, should not be used as a "scapegoat" in the murder of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, an undercover journalist working with Anas Aremeyaw Anas because the real culprit might be out there.

"Agyapong stated in the video, which was part of "who watches the watchman" anti-Anas docuseries, that the public should deal with Hussein-Suale for a handsome reward". "Rest in peace, Ahmed", tweeted Aremeyaw, confirming the death of his colleague.

Ahmed played a key role in the investigative piece Number 12 which led to FIFA handing a lifetime ban to former Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi.

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Ghana is ranked 23rd out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Agyapong, in comments made on Ghanaian radio on Thursday, denied any involvement in the killing.

As a result of the scandal, the entire Ghana Football Association was shut down by Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo. A previous investigation by Anas revealed corruption in Ghana's judiciary system.

Nyantakyi was accused of requesting $11m to secure government contracts.

Eight referees and assistant referees were banned for life while 53 officials were subject to 10-year bans.

"The brutal murder of Hussein-Suale underscores the grave danger that journalists, especially those who tackle corruption and abuse of power, face in their line of work", IPI Director of Advocacy Ravi R. Prasad said. Fourteen officials were exonerated.

The revelations rocked Ghana, where football is the national sport and which prides itself as being a stable democracy in an often turbulent region.

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