Ghana’s media space is currently flooded with news about two famous artistes — Shatta Wale and Medikal after the court granted them bail today, October 26, 2021. The two were arrested by the Ghana Police for violating the laws on the country.
According to information available to the public by the Ghana Police, Shatta Wale together with two members of his team was arrested for publication of fake news. Consequently, Medikal was also arrested a day after for brandishing a weapon on social media. The two artistes coupled with Shatta Wale’s team members were put behind bars in Ankafo Prisons in the Central region for five days.
Following their arrest, the Inspector-General of Police, Dr. Akufo Dampare has been praised extensively by the public for being on top of his job and causing the system to work again. This has also brought some sort of sanity into the media space. Now, every Ghanaian youth is exercising circumspection on social media.
But one thing that many people seem to forget but also deserves national dialogues is the number of people who are still on remand in the various prisons across the country. It is evident that some have spent weeks, months, and even years in prison without court hearing or ruling. These are people just like Shatta Wale and Medikal who have families, friends, wives, and even children.
Is it because Shatta Wale and Medikal are celebrities that is why the court and the Prison service are treating their case with all seriousness and with the necessary attention? There is a popular saying that “Justice delayed is justice denied”.
If the system has started working, then we hope some of these issues would be addressed as soon as possible to grant freedom to innocent souls who are locked up in the cells because someone is not doing his job right.