Story: Rueben SACKEY
An Accra Circuit Court has remanded dancehall musician, Shatta Wale for one week in police custody.
The controversial artiste pleaded not guilty to a charge of publication of false news.
On October 19, the artiste turned himself in after the police had declared him wanted.
He allegedly fabricated a story that he had been shot and receiving treatment, which turned out to be a hoax.
Two of his accomplices were charged with abetment of crime.
Police in a Facebook post said “they were remanded following a request by the police for their continued detention due to ongoing investigations on their alleged involvement in the publication of false information with the intention to cause fear and panic.”
The self-styled Dancehall King, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah, is expected to reappear in court on October 28, 2021.
The court premises saw a mob of fans and sympathisers alike who wanted to catch glimpse of the artiste.
Some of the personalities present included Bulldog, Jupitar, Medikal, Captan among others.
Born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, Shatta Wale explained that he undertook the action on the back of a prophecy by Bishop Stephen Akwasi, who predicted his death.
In a viral video, the founder and leader of New Life Kingdom Chapel International noted that Shatta Wale would lose his life on October 18, similar to that of South African reggae artiste, Lucky Dube, who was shot on October 18, 2007.
Shatta Wale stated that he felt his life was under threat, for which reason he vowed that until security agencies step up to address such threats, his whereabouts will remain unknown.
The pastor in question, Bishop Stephen Akwasi, popularly known as Jesus Ahuofe, was picked up by Police on Tuesday, October 19.
Meanwhile, the Police Service has advised citizens against publishing false information capable of disturbing the country’s peace.