Reggae Dancehall Artistes, Stonebwoy born Livingstone Este Satekla and Charles Nii Armah, popularly known as Shatta Wale have been granted police inquiry bail and will be arraigned before court ‘in due time’, following chaotic scenes that occurred during the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).
The two were arrested on Sunday after camps of both artistes clashed on stage when Stonebwoy was announced as the winner for the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year category.
In the midst of the ensuing melee, Stonebwoy pulled out a gun; an action he has explained in a press statement as self-defence.
According to a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Accra Police command, DSP Efia Tenge on Monday, “the two together with one other suspect, Nii Amoo, who was seen discharging pepper spray in the auditorium were all arrested yesterday 19th May 2019, placed in lawful custody and have been granted bail to be arraigned before court in due time”.
Read full statement below:
Background of the incident:
The Accra Regional Police Command yesterday afternoon Sunday, May 19, 2019 arrested Charles Nii Armah Mensah, known in showbiz circles as Shatta Wale, and Livingstone Etse Satekla, also known as Stonebwoy, in connection with the disturbances that rocked the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) in the early hours of Sunday.
The police said they had taken statements from the two artistes and that they would be detained. Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy were at the Accra Regional Police Command with their managers.
The Head of the Operations Unit of the Accra Regional Police Command, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr Kwesi Ofori, who was at the VGMA, told the Daily Graphic that the police “will look into the confusion and other public disorder issues”.
Also invited to assist the police in their investigations were officials of Charter House, the organisers of the event.
Their detentions follow the gun commotion that occurred between them at this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Award (VGMA) held on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
The incident occurred after Stonebwoy was invited up stage to receive the award for ‘Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year’.
While Stonebwoy was on stage, Shatta Wale and his fans walked up stage ostensibly to congratulate Stonebwoy but the former ended up pulling a gun.
It remains unclear why he pulled the gun but that incident has been the major topic for discussion throughout the weekend, with fans of both musicians engaging one another in a fierce war of words.
The two are still police custody as at Monday afternoon, May 20, 2018. They were repo
The camp of Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale clashed on stage when Stonebwoy was announced as the winner for the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year category.
In the midst of the tension, Stonebwoy pulled out a gun; an action he has explained in a press statement as self-defence.
Source: Peacefmonline.com with additional files by NKONKONSA.com