Hanks Anuku arrested in Ghana for shooting in public

Popular Nigerian actor, Hanks Anuku was among a movie crew of 11 that was arrested Thursday, July 23 for disrupting public peace with gunshots.

He was working on a television series on the Spintex Road in Accra.

Reports in Ghana said that the crew comprising five women and six men fired gunshots indiscriminately about 3 a.m. yesterday

Other members of the crew were George Adu Badoo, Joseph Heisk, Ivy Bentum, Adjetey Roberts, Eluheaka Mensah, Arhin Wakila, Mary Acheampong, Emmanuel Anumaka, Charles Roger Beckly and Sherrif Sandy Brown.

They allegedly blocked the road between the Fidelity Bank and Stanchart Bank on the Spintex Road, while a motorcyclist chased a car.

Scared motorists immediately called the Police Control Room through the emergency numbers had mistaken the crew for a gang of armed robbers who had blocked the road and were attacking road users.

Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Christian Tetteh Yohuno, said some residents of the area who suspected it was a robbery attack on the two banks scampered for safety.

“A patrol team was quickly dispatched to the scene, only to ascertain that the supposed gang was a crew of a movie production company known as Rabell Entertainment,” he said.

He said the police found that the crew members were using a shotgun, fire crackers, two rubber-made pistols and toy machine guns to shoot a movie without any lawful permit.

By their act, Mr Yohuno said, they willfully obstructed public way and hindered the free passage of any other person or, as well as caused fear to members of that community.

According to him, the use of the firecrackers was an offence, as there was a ban on the firing of firecrackers and similar explosives

Later in an interview, one of the directors of Rabell Entertainment, Billy Jane, admitted that the crew had not obtained permit for staging the violent scene which was part of a three-year television series titled: “Late Night Scenes”, which was scheduled to run on a number of television stations in Ghana soon.

“We are sorry. It was an oversight. I am sure it will not happen again,” she pleaded.

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