The previous supervisor of rapper Lord Kenya has criticized celebration organisers, Charterhouse for focusing extra on tickets than safety at the 20th version of the Ghana Songs Awards.
In accordance to Randy Abbey, organisers of the Awards very last Saturday, which was marred by a brawl involving dancehall artistes Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, put a premium on checking fake tickets than protection at the venue.
“We are advised that there were being scanners there, what had been individuals scanners there for? They were to scan tickets so the sanctity of the tickets was far more critical or was of a premium value than that of stability it’s quite clear,” he explained to Samson Lardy Ayenini on Newsfile on JoyNews.
Mr Abbey pressured that “There had been scanners there but the function of the scanners was to make certain that no fake tickets obtained into the procedure.”
Aside from the protection lapses by the organisers, he was stunned by feedback produced by ACP Kwasi Ofori, Director of Operations at the Greater Accra Regional Police Command just after the event.
He pointed out that ACP Ofori experienced mentioned the police were being not happy with the stability arrangement of the party stressing that event organisers need to make investments in the safety and safety of patrons.
According to him, he cringed when he read that ACP Kwasi Ofori had claimed that the Accra Regional Police Command will not enable function organisers to do their possess detail when it comes to security and just request for police existence at the scene.
“Organisers would be necessary to deliver some essential details which include the amount of people today envisioned at the occasion, the form of significant profile personalities anticipated, seating preparations particularly the place rival groups are concerned,” Mr Abbey, who also hosts Fantastic Morning Ghana on Metro Tv set, go through.
Dissecting the reviews by Police Director of Operations’ opinions on the occasion, Mr Abbey noted that, “I am guaranteed but for this function, all us will get it for a providing that this is very basic” and that these really should have been the needs for any celebration.
He mentioned that even laymen would have picked up intelligence from past events, tweets and other sources to have been sufficiently ready for such eventualities.
Mr Abbey noticed that the final decision by the organisers not to announce the winners of the past two types – ‘Artiste of the Year’ and ‘Most Well-liked Tune of the Year’ – helped curtail further more escalation of the brawl.
He chastised “non-conformist” Shatta Wale for breaching protocol on the evening and “for Stonebwoy how they bought a gun in there and to get the gun out.”
He described the ‘Tomorrow’ singer’s action as “very reckless and extremely irresponsible.”
Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy ended up arrested by the police on Sunday more than a brawl that erupted between their camps at the 20th anniversary of the VGMA.
Pandemonium broke out soon immediately after Stonebwoy was announced the winner of ‘Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year’ when Shatta Wale and his group were found heading towards the phase, their intentions have been unclear.
Shatta Wale, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah, later claimed that he was going on phase to congratulate Stonebwoy. The two artistes ended up afterwards introduced on Monday and appeared in courtroom on Wednesday.
Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy
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Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, when they appeared in court docket on Wednesday, pleaded not responsible to Offensive Conduct to Breaches of the Peace adhering to the scuffle at the Awards.
Stonebwoy, born Livingstone Etse Satekla, also pleaded not responsible to an added demand of Screen of a Weapon in a General public Spot devoid of permission.