The UNESCO Representative to Ghana, Abdou Rahamane Diallo, has asked the government to make it a priority to find the killers of investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussein-Suale.
Last year, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo assured that the killers will be found and be made to face the full rigors of the law.
Speaking at the Annual Bar conference in Takoradi, the President assured Ghanaians of his commitment to resolving the murder involving the investigative journalist.
“Crime is Crime, our law enforcement agencies are required to ensure that perpetrators of crime are rapidly apprehended and prosecuted. Strenuous efforts are being made to find the killer or killers of Ahmed Suale, who will be found and made to face justice,” he said.
But speaking at a regional consultative meeting on the safety of journalists in Kumasi on Monday December 21 , 2020 Mr Diallo expressed concerns about the snail pace at which the matter is being handled.
He said the killers must not be let off the hook.
“We urge Ghana to inform us [UNESCO] on the status of the killing of Ahmed Suale. We just heard from the Deputy Minister of Information on updates of these investigations, and we are following and encouraging that efforts be pursued to make sure that the perpetrators are arrested and brought to the book.”
In a subsequent tweet, he said “Support to the National Mechanism for the #SafetyofJournalists in #Ghana, @moigovgh @konkrumah, National Media Commission, GJA, GIBA, PRINPAG #FreedomOfSpeech @UnescoGhana, @UNinGhana.
Support to the National Mechanism for the #SafetyofJournalists in #Ghana, @moigovgh @konkrumah National Media Commission, GJA, GIBA, PRINPAG #FreedomOfSpeech @UnescoGhana @UNinGhana pic.twitter.com/CSkbINLPml
— Abdourahamane Diallo (@ADiallo2018) December 21, 2020
A deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide speaking at the same event also assured that the government will tackle the persons behind the killing.
“Ghana has slipped on the World Press Freedom Index and lost its place of pride as the best-ranked country. Our drop has been attributed to most commentators to the unfortunate death of Ahmed Suale.
“The government has been firm in its support to law enforcement agencies to crack these and many other criminal cases that are yet to see any meaningful investigations,” he said.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana