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Assault & Killing of Media Activists: From Ahmed to Kudah to Ibrahim Mohammed, What's Next?

The Media has undoubtedly provided a very vibrant and proactive platform for young men and women, from all walks of life, to pour out their heart desires, dreams, aspirations and concerns to the Government and its officials, for immediate redress if possible.

It is only through the Media could the voices of the extremely poor, economically challenged, and underrepresented communities be heard, and their predicaments be known by all, for the necessary interventive measures.

Where scenarios and conditions seem to be tougher and difficult on the ground, some devoted, resilient and bold journalists go the extra mile to capture those stories to effect the necessary changes in society.

Inarguably, there is no way society could ever survive without the works of the Media. It is the Media that forms the pillars upon which all the other sectors of the economy survive.

They strive at all times (24/7) to bring to bear all the hidden events and stories, of top officials - from the 'good' to the 'bad' to the 'ugliest'.

Ideally, no Government official would like to be exposed by anyone, particularly in relation to things that secretly benefit them personally, but are injurious to the growth and development the entire citizenry.

That is why some politicans find ways and means to influence key Journalists whom they know to be capturing deeper stories worth commending. They strive to manipulate them, through monetary means or top public portfolio granting, so that they could only report stories that bring them more favour, fame and reputation.

Though it may seem rare in the eyes of those in the Media arena, it is a top secret worth investigating and evaluating.

However, there are certain Media Personalities who are so exceptional in their work. They are so committed and focused in such a way that no external influence could even grab their minds.

They are as rare as white rhinoceroses. Even though, some of them have died through their excellent and incorruptible works, their impact on the Ghanaian developmental continuum, will forever be remembered.

There is no way we can talk about A-POLITICAL, resilient and powerful Media Activists without making reference to Ahmed Hussein-Suale.

Born on December 5, 1987, Ahmed Hussein-Suale was a very influential and inspiring young undercover investigative Media Activist who took exceptional interest in reporting stories that exposed evils done by African leaders, public institutions and organizations.

He was part of the Tiger Eye Private Investigations Team that thoroughly brought to bear all the key scandals and corrupt practices in the then Ghana Football Association (GFA), led by Kwesi Nyantekyi.

That excellent work (named Number 12) by Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Ahmed Hussein-Suale finally led to the removal of GFA President, Nyantekyi.

This top time expose` brought a lot of controversies in the Ghanaian political environment, in particular.

In response to that report, a Maverick and controversial Member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, issued a threatening statement to Ahmed, and called for a retributive justice against him, during a radio programme. He emphatically said: "If he comes here, beat him... Whatever happens, I'll pay."

Sadly, Hussein-Suale was subsequently assassinated gruesomely by two unidentified men on motorbikes on January, 16, 2019.

As part of the Forbidden Stories published by Guillaume Perrier, a renowned International Journalist a year later (on January 16, 2020), it was revealed that the Ghana Police Service failed woefully to do a rigorous follow up on a key lead.

That was not the end - Mr. Caleb Kudah, A Citi TV/Citi FM Journalist and Activist was assaulted and arrested on May 11, 2021 by Security Personnel for filming abandoned MASLOC vehicles parked at the premises of the Ministry of National Security. 

A SWAT team of heavily-armed police officers subsequently stormed the premises of Citi TV/Citi FM to arrest Kudah's colleague, Zoe Abu-Baidoo, who was believed to have been in possession of the WhatsApp video version of the captured footage.

Reports indicated that as an Activist, Caleb was particularly concerned about how public funds were being wasted by the ministry. He made this revelation and concerned on social media prior to his filming exercise. 

His main task at the Ministry was to "verify a claim by an official of MASLOC that all the cars had been given out".

Though, that attack led to the removal of Lieutenant Col. Frank Agyeman, Director of Operations of the Ministry; and three police officers, this incident could have been avoided in the first place. 

Sharing his painful story on TV, Caleb lamented that he was assaulted (slapped) severally by the security officers. 

What if his life was taken by them?

Probably he was lucky enough to have his life sparred but Ibrahim 'Kaaka'Mohammed was not.

We all thought Mr. Kudah's incident will serve as a strong lesson, and perhaps, be an end to the unnecessary attacks and assassination of Media Activists, but it has even worsened.

As a vibrant Activist of the #FixTheCountry Campaign Team, Mohammed championed several campaigns on social media to bring to bear the key loopholes in the Akufo-Addo-led Administration. 

Due to his strong activism works, some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) claimed that Kaaka was making their party so unpopular; hence, took an action to eliminate him. 

Reliable reports prior to his assassination revealed that: "Kaaka received voice messages of threats being made on his life. In fact, there are voice recordings on which persons known to bodyguards to the MCE for Ejura Sekyeredumase, could be heard saying that activities of Kaaka on Facebook were making the Governing NPP unpopular on the area, and that every means possible must be used to stop him." 

Legendary Ibrahim Mohammed was subsequently attacked by two assailants, and after suffering a head injury, died. 

An Ejura Government Hospital Medical Doctor, Dr. Mensah Manye revealed that the deceased suffered a severe injury in the head, coupled with internal bleeding.

Meanwhile, two protestors, who joined hands with others to seek justice for their legend, Ibrahim Kaaka Mohammed, were subsequently killed during a clash with the military at Ejura on June 29, 2021.

After all these terrible, troubling and sad incidents, what does the future hold?

Inarguably, all these cases suggest that Media Activists are not in any way safe in this country. 

Security forces surrounding these great Activists must be intensified, both through online platforms, and physical movements (including their homes). 

Although we are expecting the Security Personnel to intervene in such situations, we must also be conscious of our own safety and security, in order to prevent further occurrences. 

Moreover, we must note that "Each one for himself, God for us all" principle is currently in full operation in Ghana. Hence, we need to do the greater part of the security work. 

Additionally, justice must be rigorously sought for all the affected souls. The President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana (His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo), Minister for Interior (Ambrose Dery), Inspector General of Police of the Ghana Police Service (James Oppong-Boanuh) and other key Investigative Teams must act as fast as possible to sanction all the perpetrators involved such heinous crimes.

Content created and supplied by: Ghana'sthirdeye (via Opera News )

Ahmed Ibrahim Mohammed Kudah


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