Several years ago, law enforcement in Ghana was not totally assured, particularly when it came to well-known figures. When they fall foul of the law, they find a method to avoid facing the full rigours of the law as celebrities.
When these persons break the law, law enforcement agencies are sometimes exceedingly lenient with them, and society rallies behind them to help them get exonerated.
Following the appointment of a new IGP, George Akuffo Dampare, in 2021, this menace and indiscipline that have engulfed the country have been addressed appropriately.
As a result of George Akuffo Dampare’s administration’s commitment to instilling discipline in Ghanaian society and enforcing the application of the rule of law, certain celebrities have found themselves guilty in situations where they would have gotten away with it in previous years.
In this article, unitedshowbiz.com.gh brings you a recap of celebrities who were apprehended for misconduct in 2021.
1. Lawrence Nana Asiamah (Bull Dog)
Lawrence Nana Asiamah better known as Bull Dog is an artist manager and CEO of Bull House Entertainment.
In his submission on January 21, 2021, on Ghana most-watched entertainment discussion show, United Showbiz, he passed an unpleasant comment which seemed to have posed a threat to the life of the President, Nana Akuffo Addo.
The comment he made was in relation to the locked-up monies of aggrieved customers of MENZGOLD.
Bull Dog claimed that the President would abscond from the country if he fails to ensure that the aggrieved customer’s monies are paid because his government halted the operation of MENZGOLD.
“We will get our monies back else Nana Addo will run; he won’t finish his four years”, the artist manager said.
He was arrested for passing such a life-threatening comment. The report showed that three days after his arrest, he was granted bail.
2. Funny Face
Funny face whose real name is Benson Nana Yaw Oduro Boateng also got himself in the grips of the police for unlawfully firing a gun in February.
The actor, who has gained the ‘The Children’s President’ due to his warm relationship with children has had a rough year as he suffered depression which even landed him in the Psychiatric Hospital.
The report indicated that Funny Face fired a gun as a result of a misunderstanding between him and a pub operator in Kasoa.
On October 18, Funny Face was arrested again for threatening the life of some people in a video.
Funny Face was ordered by the court to receive treatment at a psych hospital and to stay away from social media for a period of time.
3. Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah
Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah is the founder and leader of Glorious Word Power Ministry International.
The man of God was arrested for threatening the life of the fetish priest turned evangelist, Nana Agradaa.
Many people assumed that because of his ties to President Nana Akuffo Addo, he would be able to get away with it, but he was arraigned before court for prosecution and even spent some in the cell.
4. Akwapem Poloo
Rose Brown, aka Akwapim Poloo, was sentenced to 90 days in prison by an Accra Circuit Court in April for posting a nearly naked photo of herself and her seven-year-old son on social media in June 2020.
On April 27, Akwapim Poloo was granted bail in the amount of GH100,000 with four sureties.
The matter was reviewed, and on December 1, her appeal was dismissed, and she was forced to serve the remainder of her 90-day sentence.
Instead, a three-member panel of the court, chaired over by Justice Henry Anthony Kwofie and assisted by Justices Bright Mensah and Eric Baah, issued a GH12,000 fine on Akwapim Poloo in the middle of December 2021, in default of which she will serve 90 days in a hard labour prison.
Rapper Samuel Frimpong, popularly known as Medikal, was arrested after he uploaded a video of himself clutching a Ruger 9mm handgun on the popular social media platform Snapchat.
In September 2021, while driving in his car, he posted the video.
On October 21, police arrested Medikal based on intelligence and turned him over to the Regional Criminal Investigations Department for further inquiry. Medikal was charged with the offence and arraigned before court on Friday October 22, 2021, following an investigation.
An Accra court then remanded him in detention for five days
6. Shatta Wale
The Ghana Police Service arrested dancehall superstar Charles Nii Armah Mensah, better known in show business circles as Shatta Wale.
On Monday, October 18, 2021, he was arrested for fabricating reports that he was shot by unknown gunmen. Shatta had linked threats against his life to a man he described as a “false pastor” who had predicted his death on a local radio station on that very day.
However, the Ghana Police Service arrested him hours after he posted the message, causing widespread alarm in the country.
7. Jesus Ahuofe
Known in private life as Bishop Akwasi, Jesus Ahuofe was picked up by the police after a video of him claiming that Shatta Wale would be shot went viral.
8. Nana Dope: Shatta Wale’s PA, Nana Dope, has also been arrested and charged for abetment in crime. He and another person are in police custody over Shatta Wale’s shooting prank.