One of the undercover journalists who last year exposed rot in African Football has been shot dead by unknown gunmen, the Nile Post has learnt.
Ahmed Hussein-Suale together with Anas Aremeyaw Anas of the Tiger Eye in Ghana last year exposed a number of African football officials involved in corruption and bribery in an investigative story run by the BBC.
However, on Wednesday night Ahmed Hussein-Suale who was on his way home was shot shot dead by gunmen riding on a motorbike who opened fire on his vehicle in Madina area of Accra.
His partner, Anas announced the development on Thursday morning adding that his colleague had been shot twice in the chest and once in the neck.
“Sad day for Journalism, but we shall not be silenced. Rest in peace, Ahmed,”Anas tweeted.
He also posted a video of one of Ghana’s lawmakers threatening violence against the slain journalist.
Media rights advocates and fellow journalists condemned the murder before asking authorities to bring the perpetuators to book.
“Authorities in #Ghana should immediately investigate the killing of journalist Ahmed Divela and ensure that threats against the press are taken seriously,” the Committee to Protect Journalists Africa Program said on their twitter handle.
Jon Ossoff, a fellow journalist from the US described the deceased as being committed to his job.
“Ahmed was a committed and courageous colleague, instrumental in this year’s investigation of international soccer corruption, after which he was viciously doxxed & threatened,”Ossoff posted on his twitter.
An investigation into corruption in African football saw Kenyan referee Aden Marwa among those who missed at least $25000 (Shs90m) each in wages for officiating at the World Cup in Russia after he was found culpable for pocketing a $600 (Shs2m) bribe to influence a match outcome.
Journalists had approached the official during the Africa Nations Championship (Chan) tournament in Morocco, disguised as Ghanaian football officials and handed him $600 which he received happily.