Anas, following the death of his colleague Ahmed Suale published a video in which Kennedy Agyepong was seen threatening the deceased. Whilst the tape has gotten many Ghanaians to be outraged, I hold a different opinion and here is why.
Anas is an investigator and he knows that to do any objective investigation, the investigator need NOT head into the case with a preoccupied mind, else you miss the meat.
Here is an example. Aviation investigators into plane crashes are seriously advised not to watch TV or listen to the radio so as not to follow conspiracy theories and miss the main cause of accidents. This way, their minds are opened to every lead, so they can pursue each lead to its logical conclusion. [I learnt that on National Geographic’s Air crash Investigations]
That way, not only investigators are able to fish out the main cause but are able to study other possibilities to such disasters and prescribe solutions.
From this background, let’s ask, as an accomplished investigator as Anas and his team have proven to be, what did they do when the murder happened?
Anas threw out a piece of tape in which vociferous Ken Agyepong is heard threatening the deceased. What is the implication? Anas ends up getting investigators to be preoccupied with Mr Ken Agyepong and in the process likely to leave all possible leads/suspects.
I ask again, what does it mean for Anas to throw out the tape? You get investigators and more importantly Ghanaians to get emotional about it, (especially when the death of a citizen is so tragic an experience to family and loved ones), instead of an objective approach to this dastardly killing of a human being. Unless Anas tells us he acted irresponsibly, what was he seeking to achieve by throwing out Kennedy’s tape to announce the death of Ahmed when he knows very well that objectivity in every credible investigation is what stands the test of time?
The Sammy Darko argues on his Facebook wall that you start every investigation from the possible cause/lead to the unknown. True, but ask this question, were Ghanaians the first people who needed that possible clue (the tape) to get the criminals arrested or it was the investigators, who he himself is one? It’s amazing! Anas announced the death of Ahmed at dawn of same day he was murdered. Did he finish cooperating and furnishing the police with all evidence available between the 10 pm and 3 am before announcing Ahmed’s death?
Was Anas throwing his investigative ethics to the dogs just so he gets Ghanaians to hate Ken in a tit-for-tat style over what Ken did to him in his “who watches the watchman”? Why will anybody with this tape want to show it to Ghanaians first (who are not the investigators anyway) without giving it to the people who will ultimately be the people to work with?
Is Anas abusing the trust and sympathy we have for him and his team over their creative corruption works?
Another thing, did Anas asked himself whether it wasn’t him the killers were after? If he was the main target, does he understand how this Ken’s tape throws investigators overboard from focusing on him (Anas) instead?
Now that Ghanaians have watched Ken’s tape, what else? We rant and crucify him publicly as justice for Ahmed or what? Anas is an investigator so for him to make this petty mistake exposes his vendetta against Ken.
I don’t get it. Anas over the years has proven that he does more hardcore investigations than our Intelligence and security agencies. That is what has seen him rise to fame. So if he had this Ken’s tape, did he need the police to investigate this murder when he could have partnered them (as he in most cases do) to get to the bottom of this before alerting the “prime suspect” that the security is coming for him? Which investigative method warns the suspect (by publishing his tape) that you are coming after him before you actually do? Surprising!
Again, Anas knows the apathy Ghanaians have for the police in particular. Did he consider what will happen if Ghana Police finds Ken NOT guilty of the murder of Ahmed? It will plunge Ghanaians trust for the police and investigative institutions further as they will not see them credible based on what Anas had already made them believe with the video. So I ask doesn’t Anas do his work to strengthen institutions by purging them off corruption?
Next thing. What happened to Anas’s legal education when the law books taught him that no one is guilty until proven guilty?
With this in mind, why did Anas post the tape when Ken had not been found guilty by any court of competent jurisdiction to warrant Ghanaians tagging him as a murderer? It is distasteful. Anas should have known better. We need him in Ghana to at least put his fear in the minds of the corrupt officials.
I end with two pieces of advice. One, Anas should purge himself of emotions and gets his true investigative skills and the legal cap on in his future endeavours. Two he should watch his back and be extremely careful because, now that the corrupt people are there, and how Number 12 and previous exposes have done more “damage”, people are also strategizing to weaken his front or possibly collapse hardcore investigative pieces. So be extremely careful.
By: Obrempong Yaw Ampofo/ourstorisonline.com/Ghana
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