The Ghana Police Service has released a press statement on the communication of prophecies and their legal implications. The police believe as New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, it serves in the interest of the general public to be conscious of the kind of content they would circulate.
According to the police, the fact that citizens have the right to religion, freedom of worship and freedom of speech doesn’t mean they should disrespect the rights and freedoms of others according to the laws of the country.
The agency explained that prophecies of harm, danger and death have caused panic and tension in society. The leaders of religious bodies, over the years, especially on New Year’s Eve midnights unleashed these prophecies. At the end of the day, the victim and the community, in general, live in complete fear.
Therefore, the police are warning the public that reproducing any content that is untrue or has no evidence to cause fear and panic is illegal. Precisely, it urged religious leaders to refrain from ‘weird’ prophecies on New Year’s Eve (December 31) and beyond.
However, the agency didn’t limit the caution to religious bodies only. It also warned social media users. According to the police, sharing misleading information electronically that affects the quality of life is also illegal.
Therefore, people found guilty under these laws can go behind bars for at least 5 years.
Concluding the release, the police urged Ghanaians to observe the Covid-19 protocols even as they celebrate the New Year.
A few months ago, Dancehall star, Shatta Wale and a certain religious leader fell victim. The prophet prophesied that the musician would die on his birthday. In detail, he said some gunmen will shoot. On the D-day, Shatta also took advantage of it to stage a publicity stunt for his brand. In the end, the police apprehended them.
Later on, they released them on bail terms.