AG To Brief Parliament On Suale Murder, Others
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Dame, will later today July 27, brief Parliament on investigations into some high profile murder cases.
These cases include the murders of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein Suale, former MPs J.B. Danquah and Ekow Hayford, and legal scholar Prof. Emmanuel Benneh.
As captured in Parliament’s provisional Order Paper for Tuesday, the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, is expected to ask Dame, the status of the pursuit of justice in the cases as listed above.
The Minority in Parliament believes the general public deserves updates on investigations in the cases of these deceased individuals.
The Attorney General, as the government’s chief prosecutor, has hitherto pledged to work towards securing justice in the murders.
Suale worked for the Tiger Eye PI media house run by renowned investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
They have used undercover television documentaries to expose graft and organised crime in Ghana and across Africa.
Ahmed Hussein Suale was said to have been shot dead by two gunmen on a motorbike while driving near his home in Accra on January 16, 2019.
The killing, considered an assassination, immediately raised speculation that his work of exposing high-level corruption in Ghana might have exposed him to harm.
Suale was part of the undercover investigative sting that showed the former president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, accepting $65,000 in cash from reporters posing as businessmen. Nyantakyi promised to use his position as the head of the GFA to secure favourable deals for the ‘businessmen’.
Nyantakyi was found guilty of bribery, corruption, and conflict of interest in a FIFA ethics investigation prompted by the documentary and was banned for life from the association’s football-related activities.
The former Mfantseman MP, Ekow Hayford, aged 50, was shot by gunmen who stopped his vehicle on the Abeadze-Dominase–Abeadze-Duadzi-Mankessim road when he was returning from a campaign trip on Thursday, October 8, 2020.
The late MP is believed to have responded to queries from the attackers, who sought to know if he was indeed the Member of Parliament for the constituency.
Four persons suspected to be involved in the murder of Hayford, have been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment each specifically for robbery. They are currently been tried for the murder of the late Ekow Hayford.
Prof. Emmanuel Benneh
Investigations led to the arrest of James Nana Womba, who confessed to the crime.
On September 21, this year, a post mortem conducted by Dr Owusu Afriyie, a pathologist at the Police Hospital, revealed the cause of death to include strangulation, leaving room for suspected homicide.
Police intelligence led to the arrest of Badu at Ashaiman while efforts are underway to apprehend the other accomplices.