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MP, ex-Ghana FA boss quizzed in search for journalist's killers

The Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police service has commenced an extensive and rigorous investigation into the unfortunate killing of Ghanaian investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale.

Ahmed, who helped expose corruption in African football through his journalistic works, was shot dead in Accra on Thursday and his remains interred on Friday in Madina, a suburb in the capital. Police said the journalist was shot three times by gunmen on a motorbike.

A team of detectives and other experts have interrogated Assin Central Member of Parliament Kennedy Agyapong and a statement taken from him.

Former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi has also been interrogated while the police continues to interrogate other persons of interest as well as following up on “multiple significant leads.”

“Updates and outcomes of these investigations will be made known to the general public as they become available and appropriate to do so,” assistant commissioner of police David Eklu said in the statement on Monday.

Ahmed was part of a team led by award-winning journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, whose probe led to the resignation of the head of the Ghana Football Association Nyantakyi.

Dozens of football referees among them Kenyan Aden Marwa and officials were also banned.

Fifa last October banned Nyantakyi for life and fined him nearly $500,000 (Sh50 million) after he was caught on camera accepting bribes.

Nyantakyi was accused of requesting $11 million (9.3 million euros, Sh1.1 billion) to secure government contracts.

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

The revelations rocked Ghana, where football is the national sport and which prides itself as being a stable democracy in an often turbulent region.