The 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) was billed to be the climax of celebrating two decades of Ghanaian music. But that was not to be.
The brandishing of a gun and exchange of fisticuffs led to pandemonium which held up the ceremony for an hour, including some awards not being announced for security reasons.
Industry players have blamed Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr (Shatta Wale ) and Livingstone Etse Satekla (Stonebwoy) for the anticlimax.
The following are the perspectives of a private legal practitioner, Samson Lardy Anyenini on the subject
The law on arms and ammunition in Ghana punishes culprits with up to ¢12,000 and/or plus up to five years in jail for breaching conditions of your license.
The law, it would seem prohibits what transpired on Sunday
It commands that a “person shall not, except in accordance with the terms of a permit granted under this Act or with the prior written consent of the Inspector-General of Police, publicly display any arms or ammunition or discharge a firearm or any other weapon in a public place.”
It punishes these acts of displaying and/or discharging those instruments in public with the sanctions I have mentioned or by imposing up to three years jail for the violation. This, of course, is when the court finds one guilty.
The weapon may be seized and forfeited on the instructions of the interior minister. This is just for education.