Organisers of Vodafone Ghana Songs Awards, Charterhouse, has defended its protection protocols as “adequate” irrespective of a cacophonous brawl very last Saturday that marred its 20th edition.
Charterhouse CEO Theresa Ayoade in an job interview on Pleasure FM’s Tremendous Morning Demonstrate, Monday traced the brawl partly to an “unfortunate breach” in the seating arrangement.
“All the nominees ended up supposed to sit at a specified area. But one of them failed to sit there and we couldn’t command him.”
It is extensively recognised that dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale gave up his seat inside of the designated area for the nominees to his father who sat concerning mounting star Kuami Eugene and legend Amakye Dede.
Shatta Wale, preferring the ease and comfort of his cult, Shatta Motion, savoring the adulation of his fanatics who moved to the podium whilst Stonebwoy, his rival, stood to bag an additional award.
The disruptive march triggered a response from Stonebwoy who brandished a gun substantially to the frightened response of the audience numerous of whom stormed the exit.
There are studies of a stampede, the use of tear fuel and pepper spray amidst the brawl as the award’s 20th anniversary descended into a spectacle.
The Main Govt is unhappy.
“We have been truly expecting it to conclude on a higher notice,” she reported, explaining the award has arrived at a milestone that deserved to catch the attention of global attention.
She also envisioned the VGMA had developed large adequate to also draw in visitors. Feeds to DStv which broadcast the awards was briefly suspended.
Theresa Ayoade claimed the organisers experienced produced ample experience in managing even bigger audiences at venues as significant as the Accra Athletics Stadium.
Charterhouse programs, she mentioned, have gone ahead with no incidents of violence and there was the expectation that very last Saturday’s function was not going to depart from the development.
The Main Govt would not reveal if the organisers had considered modern studies of doable terror threats apart from to say Charterhouse experienced usually concerned condition stability.
Condition stability need to issue any these kinds of threats in producing and employ security protocols for the awards, she indicated.
The stability protocols involved the use of entire body scanners and handheld scanners, she said but conceded “perhaps we ended up not able to scan each and every one human being.”
There are reports there was inordinate awareness on examining tickets, not threats.
Following the brawl, the Charterhouse CEO has signalled, it has chalked down the names of the two rivals for doable sanctions.
“We will get to that in due course”, the Main Government said.
She explained likely ahead, VGMA organisers would design the party to bring in true supporters not fanatics.