Reggae/dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has been arrested by officers of the Ghana Police Service.
The Service confirmed his arrest in a Facebook post on Tuesday, October 19.
According to the report, the singer turned himself in after the Police declared him wanted.
“He has been arrested to assist the Police in investigations for his alleged involvement in the creation and circulation of information intended to cause fear and panic,” the Service further added.
The singer, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr, embarked on what has now been confirmed as a prank on Monday, claiming he has been shot by unidentified assailants.
Reports on many websites said the ‘Melisa’ hitmaker had to be rushed to an unnamed hospital’s emergency room due to the severity of his injuries.
The Police also confirmed the arrest of two persons who work closely with the award-winning singer.
According to the Police report, Kojo Owusu Koranteng and Eric Venator circulated false information with regards to Shatta Wale’s safety to cause fear and panic.
They were apprehended earlier today.
Preliminary investigations by the Police revealed the widely reported gunshot attack on Shatta Wale on Monday was a hoax.
The Police suspected the singer’s involvement after he broke his silence following viral reports that he had been attacked and shot by unknown assailants.
“Shatta Wale and one other person popularly referred to as ‘Deportee’ are currently being pursued for their possible involvement and knowledge of the circulation of false information with the intention to cause fear and panic. No one will be spared if Police investigations point to their possible criminal culpability in this matter,” the Service assured.
According to the Shatta movement boss, he undertook the action due to a prophecy by one 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, in a similar to that of South African reggae artiste, Lucky Dube, who was shot on October 18, 2007.
Shatta Wale stated that he feels his life is under threat and is currently on the run.
He noted that, until security agencies in the country step up to address such threats, his whereabouts will remain unknown.
“If my life can be threatened and there is no law to take actions on that, then I guess I will do what is right in the eyes of God.
“This is not the first time I have had these threats in this country now I am going through these emotional trauma alone, My dad has even defended me on radio on this same issue. Why? Why? Ghana? Why? Yes, my life is in danger, and I am on the run till this country shows me there are laws…,” the October 19 post read.
He, therefore, called for the end of such prophecies with the hashtag #StopFalseProphesies.
“This pastor said 18th October Shatta Wale will be shot, and you want to tell me you didn’t see from your cyber crime department, nor did you hear or came across anything like that online?
“I won’t wait for Ghana police to call my father and tell my father his son got shot this afternoon. I won’t wait for Ghana stupid media houses to spread news to my fans about me being shot because all we wish in this country is for dead people and funerals,” he added.
Following his post in the early hours of Tuesday, Bishop Stephen Akwasi, popularly known as Jesus ‘Ahuofe’, was picked up by men believed to be officers of the Police Service. Sources say he was arrested for causing fear and panic.
Meanwhile, the Police Service has advised citizens against publishing false information capable of disturbing the country’s peace.
Failure to heed such directives, such persons risk being arrested and prosecuted.