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General News of Thursday, 16 May 2019

Source: starrfm.com.gh

Suale: You have 21 days to clarify arrest, release of suspect – Group to IGP

Asante Apeatu.png IGP David Asante-Apeatu

A civil society organization, Save the Nation for Future Leaders has given the Inspector General of Police and the police service a 21-day ultimatum to clarify circumstances under which a suspect was arrested and released in connection with murder of investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale.

Hussein-Suale was shot and killed in cold blood by some unknown assailants at Madina on Wednesday, 16 January 2019. The Police last month announced arrest of a key suspect over his murder. According to the acting Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Kwaku Boadu-Peprah, “the suspect Abdul Rashid Meizongo, 29, was arrested at a mall in Accra after he attempted bribing officers with officers with GH¢200,000, which they declined”.

The suspect was however set free after failing to link him to the murder of Hussein-Suale. In a petition to the IGP, COP Asante Apeatu signed by President Kwadwo Atta Apeakorang, the group is demanding immediate investigations into release of the suspect.

“I, the undersigned, a citizen of Ghana, appeal to you, Inspector General of Police, to institute investigation into the arrest and release of a suspected killer of the late Ahmed Hussein-Suale and to give a detailed explanation to Ghanaians on issues thereof,” the petition read in parts.

The group argued the circumstances under which the suspect was released leaves many unanswered questions, a development it said is fuelling the already existing mistrust in the police.

“…Having made strides in the case, it was only expedient for the Police Service to make diligent moves in relation to the release of the suspect. In a case of such national and international concern and which made the Police promise monetary reward for informants, it was only a confirmation of incompetence and bias when the suspect was released on the basis of wrong identity when a member of the late journalist’s family admitted to being part of the team that was involved in the swoop.”

The group in the petition threatened to hit the streets if the police fail to address their concerns within 21 days.

“There are conflicting accounts of the arrest and release of the suspect and while the public does not find that of the CID credible, it finds that of the family and Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong credible. I, therefore, appeal to your office to respect the concerns of Ghanaians and act upon them to safeguard our democracy and faith in your outfit. In view of this, Save The Nation For Future Leaders is giving the Police Service a 21-day ultimatum to clarify issues concerning the arrest and release of the suspect. At the expiration of the ultimatum and without any engagement, we will have no option but to demonstrate against the Service”.

The move by The Save The Nation For Future Leaders comes in the wake of calls for Director General for the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah to resign or be fired over her handling of the kidnapping of 3 girls in Takoradi.

Below is the petition to the IGP:

SAVE THE NATION FOR FUTURE LEADERS

A PETITION TO THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE ON ISSUES RELATING TO THE ARREST OF AHMED HUSSEIN-SUALE’S SUSPECTED MURDERER

Background

On April 2, 2019, Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service,COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa, addressed the press and revealed that one suspected murderer of Ahmed Hussein-Suale (shot dead on January 6, 2019) was set free following resistance by patrons of a pub where the suspect was arrested by one police officer. In a response from the family of the late undercover journalist, the suspect was arrested with support from patrons of the pub and other people and handed over to a team of security officers that was patrolling the area. The family also challenged such details provided by the Director-General as the location of the arrest.

Declaration

I, the undersigned, a citizen of Ghana, appeal to you, Inspector General of Police, to institute investigation into the arrest and release of a suspected killer of the late Ahmed Hussein-Suale and to give a detailed explanation to Ghanaians on issues thereof.

………………….

Kwadwo Atta Apeakorang

On January 6, 2019, a member of Tiger Eye PI, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, was shot dead by unknown assailants riding on a motor bicycle. Subsequent to this unfortunate incident, Ghanaians, especially those in the media and in corruption fight, expressed their fury and disappointment. In the address by the Director-General of the CID, it was revealed that up until April 2, at least a total of thirteen suspects had been questioned.

Prior to this briefing, news of the arrest of two suspects was widespread and this was because of the alleged combined effort of the family of the late undercover journalist and one prime suspect Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong. Therefore, having made strides in the case, it was only expedient for the Police Service to make diligent moves in relation to the release of the suspect. In a case of such national and international concern and which made the Police promise monetary reward for informants, it was only a confirmation of incompetence and bias when the suspect was released on the basis of wrong identity when a member of the late journalist’s family admitted to being part of the team that was involved in the swoop.

Assuming but not admitting that the CID gave the public accurate information pertaining to the release of the suspect, the facts, as presented, were not convincing. Moreover, if that presentation was based on the ‘a-matter-of-security-concern’ cliché, then a more public-centred approach ought to be adopted to address the public.

My concern stems from the fact that confidence in the Police Service is fast waning and that is a tasty recipe for instability. Ghanaians are at a point where they believe in individual influencers more than they do in statutory bodies. They tend to believe the accounts of the family of the late journalist and politician Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong and discount that of the CID.

Conclusion

There are conflicting accounts of the arrest and release of the suspect and while the public does not find that of the CID credible, it finds that of the family and Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong credible. I, therefore, appeal to your office to respect the concerns of Ghanaians and act upon them to safeguard our democracy and faith in your outfit. In view of this, Save The Nation For Future Leaders is giving the Police Service a 21-day ultimatum to clarify issues concerning the arrest and release of the suspect. At the expiration of the ultimatum and without any engagement, we will have no option but to demonstrate against the Service.

……………………………………

Kwadwo Atta Apeakorang

Founder/National President.

Cc:

The Hon. Minister for Interior

O. Box M42
Accra