Journalist who helped expose African soccer corruption shot dead in Ghana

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In a statement, Federation Internationale de Football Association said it 'has been extremely disturbed and saddened to hear of the news that a local journalist based in Ghana - Mr Ahmed Hussein-Suale - was shot dead yesterday.

His work with journalist Anas Aremayaw Anas, as part of the Tiger Eye Private Investigations organisation, uncovered a massive corruption scandal in Ghana's professional football, eventually leading to the lifetime ban for the former head of the Ghana Football Association. On a private television channel past year, the MP showed a foto of Hussein-Suale and promised payment for supporters who took retribution against Hussein.

Ghanaian police have not responded to repeated CNN calls about the killing.

Tiger Eye PI, the investigative journalism house Hussein-Suale worked for, said it had the hallmarks of a professional hit.

Kennedy Agyapong, a member of parliament, appeared on his own television station to single out and denounce Hussein-Suale as "dangerous" and call for members of the public to assault the journalist up if they came across him.

"The boy that is very risky, he lives here in Madina".

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Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has condemned the murder and urged urgent police investigations. "It will be in the national interest to arrest the perpetrators of this crime", its chairman, Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafo, said in a statement. This transnational focus is informed precisely by the pressures, risks and dangers investigative journalists face when they operate alone in their countries, such as recently also experienced by our Mozambican member Estacio Valoi. He and his boss (Anas) have offended so many people in this country. A previous investigation by Anas revealed corruption in Ghana's judiciary system.

The reporter, whose other exposés have lifted the lid on graft in the judicial system, is distinctive for wearing hats and face coverings to hide his identity.

The investigation rocked the country, where soccer is the national sport.

Another source, who also spoke about the journalist's alarming death, disclosed: "He was just shot and killed, nothing was taken from him". He is accused of asking for $11 million to get government contracts, per the Guardian.

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

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