The popular dancehall artiste, Charles Nii Amarh Mensah, popularly known as Shatta Wale, has been granted self-recognisance bail after spending a week in police custody over false publication.
He pleaded not guilty for publication of false news and causing fear and panic when he first appeared in court last week.
Three others who appeared in court with him, Kojo Owusu Koranteng, Shatta’s personal assistant, Eric Vanetor, a graphic designer and Iddrisu Yussif, a beautician were also charged with abetment of criminal and were also admitted to GHC100, 000 bail each with one surety, who should be a public servant.
Judge Emmanuel Marvin Essandoh’s court has adjourned sitting to 9 November 2021.
Meanwhile, rapper Samuel Adu Frimpong popularly known as Medikal has been granted bail in the sum of GHC100, 000. He is also to produce one surety who should be a public servant.
He pleaded not guilty to a charge of displaying arms and ammunition. The accusation follows reports that Medikal brandished a pistol in footage published on Snapchat and later shared on other social media. He is to reappear in court on 9 November.
The police on Tuesday (19 October) arrested Shatta Wale over alleged gunshot attack.
“After we publicly declared him and one other person wanted, the suspect, Shatta Wale, turned himself in today Tuesday 19 October 2021, at 8.59pm.
“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 statement from the police said.
“Preliminary investigations by the police reveal the widely reported gunshot attack on Shatta Wale yesterday Monday, 18 October 2021 was a hoax,” it added.
“No one will be spared if police investigations point to their possible criminal culpability in this matter. We want to caution any individual or group to desist from making false claims and engaging in acts, capable of disturbing the peace of the country because the law will come after you,” the statement said.