Nigerian actor, others arrested

•   Hanks Anuku (Nigerian actor), together with the other film makers.

• Hanks Anuku (Nigerian actor), together with the other film makers.

A film crew shooting a movie titled ‘Night Scenes in Ghana’ on the Spintex Road in Accra, yesterday without a permit, has been arrested by the police for causing fear and panic.

Motorists using the road, on hearing gunshots and shouts, were frightened and quickly reversed, creating a crisis on the road.

As the scene of the movie portrayed a robbery, pedestrians also panicked and run helter-skelter to take cover.

The police were called in, and acted professionally to avert what could have resulted in an exchange of fire, which could have led to the death of many people.

Those arrested included the famous Nigerian actor Hanks Anuku, George Adu Badu, producer of the movie; Joseph Heisk, Ivy Bentum, Adjetey Roberta, and Elu Heaka Mensah.

The rest are Mary Acheampong, Emmanuel Anumaka, Charles Roger Beckly, Arhin Wakila and Sherrif Sunday Brown.

Briefing the press, the Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Christian Tetteh Yohuno, said at about 3 a.m. yesterday, the Police Control Room received a series of phone calls that a gang of armed robbers had blocked a section of the road, firing and robbing motorists and other road users.

He said police patrol teams were dispatched to the scene only to discover that the supposed gang was a crew of film producers known as ‘The Rabell Entertainment’ using rubber pistols, toy machine guns and firecrackers to stage a movie.

“These people did not have any permit from the lawful authority, and went ahead to willfully obstruct public way and hinder the free passage of persons and vehicles, as well as causing fear and panic, “ he said.

The police, according to him, was not against film production in the country, but would not countenance acts likely to occasion the breach of peace, and endanger public defence and safety.

DCOP Yohuno advised movie producers to seek the necessary permits, protection and police presence whenever their script required the staging of violent scenes.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong          

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