Six individuals have been arrested and launched on bail in reference to final month’s killing in Ghana of an undercover journalist who uncovered a high-ranking official at FIFA as corrupt, police stated on Friday.
David Eklu, director common of police public affairs, stated the arrests on Thursday have been “preliminary arrests primarily based on cheap suspicion.”
Police didn’t determine any of the suspects. Eklu stated there was “no sturdy proof for now.”
One other three individuals, together with the now-banned FIFA official Kwesi Nyantakyi, have been beforehand questioned as police sought data within the killing of journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale. Hussein-Suale was shot lifeless by two gunmen on a bike whereas driving close to his house in Accra on Jan. 16, a killing that shocked a rustic thought-about one of the secure democracies in West Africa.
The killing, known as an assassination by the media home Hussein-Suale labored for, instantly raised hypothesis that his work exposing high-level corruption and the specter of match-fixing in soccer is likely to be the explanation behind the taking pictures. Hussein-Suale was shot twice within the chest and as soon as within the neck at shut vary whereas driving within the Madina suburb. He died instantly, based on police.
Hussein-Suale arrange the undercover tv sting that confirmed Nyantakyi, then a member of the FIFA council, accepting $65,000 in money from reporters posing as unethical businessmen and promising to make use of his place as the pinnacle of Ghanaian soccer to safe beneficial offers for them.
Nyantakyi was discovered responsible of bribery, corruption, and battle of curiosity in a FIFA ethics investigation prompted by the documentary. He was banned from soccer for all times final yr having already resigned from his roles as president of the Ghana soccer federation, as vice-president of African soccer, and as a member of FIFA’s high panel.
Hussein-Suale labored for the Tiger Eye PI media home run by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a famend Ghanaian investigative journalist who has used undercover tv documentaries to reveal graft and arranged crime in Ghana and throughout Africa.
The 2018 documentary that introduced down Nyantakyi additionally uncovered wider corruption and the specter of match-fixing in Ghanaian and African soccer. The movie confirmed dozens of referees from throughout Africa taking cash from the undercover reporting group, allegedly in return for guarantees they’d assist repair video games sooner or later.
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Your entire Ghana Soccer Affiliation, apparently rife with corruption, was shut down by Ghana’s president and the African soccer physique banned or suspended practically two dozen referees and officers on account of the documentary. One of many referees open to fixing and caught on tape by Hussein-Suale and his colleagues was on account of officiate finally yr’s World Cup in Russia. He was banned for all times.
Nyantakyi was underneath scrutiny beforehand when a joint investigation by two British media homes in 2014 claimed he was keen to prepare pleasant video games involving Ghana that might be fastened. On that event, Nyantakyi was cleared of wrongdoing by FIFA.
The arrests within the Hussein-Suale killing got here on the identical day Nyantakyi made his first public feedback on his case.
Talking in a phone interview with a Ghanaian tv station on Thursday, Nyantakyi claimed he was arrange by unnamed figures on the Ghana FA who wished to do away with him as president and paid the journalists to analyze him. He additionally claimed Anas tried to blackmail him afterward, asking him for $150,000 to not make the video public.
Generally ranting, Nyantakyi didn’t deny taking the cash however as a substitute appeared fixated on the way in which he was caught.
“You don’t meet him (Anas). You solely meet one individual. I met solely Ahmed. I by no means met Anas or some other individual from his outfit,” Nyantakyi stated.