The death is reported of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, a member of the famous private investigative team, Tiger Eye. And barely before the police issues their first statement on his death, accusing fingers have gone up against Assin Central lawmaker, Kennedy Agyapong.
Hussein-Suale was reportedly shot by unknown assailants on the night of Wednesday, January 16, 2018 at Madina, a suburb of Accra. The assailants allegedly rode on a motorbike.
Graphic Online reports Anas Aremeyaw Anas, head of Tiger Eye, confirmed the incident to them, barely able to compose himself.
As a result of his connection to Anas, Hussein-Suale's death has naturally sparked conversations about what could have been. For many, it has reinforced the belief that Anas' elaborate disguise is not a luxury.
The news has received international attention as seen in the tweet of US filmmaker, Jon Ossoff. The Democrat tweeted: "Ghanaian journalist Ahmed Divela was killed tonight in Accra.
Ahmed was a committed and courageous colleague, instrumental in this year’s @anasglobal investigation of international soccer corruption, after which he was viciously doxxed [sic] & threatened."
The term Ossoff used, 'dox', refers to an internet-based practice of releasing specific and detailed information about individuals and organisations in delicate positions.
Doxxing or doxing is what Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP), Kennedy Agyapong is being accused of in the wake of the death of Hussein-Suale's death.
In the aftermath of Anas' earth-shattering investigative documentary, Number 12, the MP fiercely voiced his opposition to the methods used by Tiger Eye and Anas.
Agyapong warned, sometimes in rather disturbing tone, that Anas was getting too powerful for the good of everybody. In the end, the law courts were the place for the two, as Anas and Agyapong hit each other with suits.
The politician did not leave things in the law courts and went further to release photos of some members he alleged were on the Tiger Eye team with Anas. He even asked for some of them to be beaten.
Anas did well to remind the world in the wake of Hussein-Suale's death, that Agyapong had called for violence against the deceased specifically.
The question since the death was reported, has been: "Can Kennedy Agyapong be blamed for the death of Hussein-Suale?"
From all intents and purposes, Anas is pointing fingers at Agyapong even though investigations have only began. Anas seems to believe the killing was linked to the job that he and his team do.
We have no idea which people the police are going to talk to but it is not far-fetched to believe MP Agyapong would get a call. In the least, he asked for the deceased to be beaten.
He threatened violence even if he stopped short of calling for the death of Hussein-Suale. Even if he only called for such violence to be visited on Hussein-Suale on the premises of his (Agyapong's) TV station.
To the most open-minded among us, all of these events are only circumstantial. They are correlative and not necessarily connected.
In the court of public opinion, Agyapong may not win. They try and convict you on the streets and social media with air-light evidence.
But if the police want to charge the lawmaker, they would need more than he asking for the deceased to be beaten. Phone records, alibis and even financial paper trails would have to be summoned.
To say Agyapong is in trouble is easier than proving Agyapong is really in trouble. Even for a man with a history of inflammatory comments, he needs to be afforded the what the law promises all of us: innocent until proven otherwise.
Anas has however put the police and the government in a tricky place. Well aware of his following both locally and internationally, he has pointed fingers at whom he feels is seemingly responsible.
The police and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government would now have to contend with the possibility of the criminal being another person and not Kennedy Agyapong.
The repercussions this possible development holds for the government and the police have not come to the minds of many.
We would have to see and hope that the killer is brought to book. Until then, the public can have their bad guy but Agyapong may actually need a counsel.
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