Paul Boateng, a security expert and the Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, has called for the arrest and prosecution of Shatta Wale, a dancehall artist, for instilling fear and panic in the country.
Mr Boateng believes Shatta Wale’s prank is illegal and that he should be held accountable under Ghanaian law.
Shatta Wale was allegedly shot and brought to the hospital for treatment on Monday, October 18, 2021, according to police.
According to many media sources, Shatta Wale was shot by assailants on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Wale was allegedly ambushed by some unknown gunmen in East Legon, according to his road manager, Nana Dope, but the dancehall musician managed to flee despite bullet wounds.
The renowned Dancehall musician Shatta Wale has taken on the Ghana Police Service a day after the prank, when rumors surfaced that he was being sought for a gun assault on him on Monday, October 18.
The day was traumatic for him since a “false prophet” had predicted that he would be shot dead by unknown gunmen.
Bishop Stephen Akwasi foretold a deadly attack on Shatta Wale on October 18, 2021.
Writing on his official Facebook page on Tuesday, October 19, a few hours after police announced they were looking for his whereabouts, Charles Nii Armah Mensah, as is his real name, stated: “The statement made by this false prophet has gotten me in a mood of violence since no one in this country cares.
Reacting to the issue on 3FM’s Sunrise on Tuesday hosted by Alfred Ocansey, Mr. Boateng said “the police have to take the matter up because it has caused fear and panic”.
“Police have to spend money buying fuel and look at the damage. Apart from the trauma to the followers, the nation has also spent on him”.
Mr. Boateng noted the “how can somebody who has about 4 million followers on social media and the traditional media could go to that extend”.
“The law has to take its course. This time around, we don’t have to pamper anybody and I am expecting Ghana police to prosecute Shatta Wale. Shatta Wale cannot be exempt from this. The law must work”.
On the pastor who made such revelations, Mr. Boateng noted that “I don’t know whether Shatta reported the issue to the police but if he did and the police did not act on it…that is also an issue”.
He suggested that “we have to look at all these things. The police have to look at all these things”.