UK-based Ghanaian rapper, M3nsa fumes over 15-year jail term for phone snatcher
Iconic but underappreciated UK-based Ghanaian producer, composer, rapper, singer and filmmaker, Mensa Ansah, better known as M3NSA, has opposed the punishment meted out to Okada rider Emmanuel Waki by a competent court of jurisdiction.
After pleading guilty to robbing a bystander of his cellphone in front of the Police CID Headquarters, Emmanuel Waki, 21, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The robbery is said to have been witnessed by the Inspector General of Police and his bodyguards, who were returning from routine observational duties on December 19, last year.
According to starrfm.com.gh, Emmanuel Waki, also known as Pocket, was given a hot chase, which resulted in the arrest of Salifu Alhaji, another Okada rider, who then led the police to arrest Waki at Old Fadama.
According to the report, after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy and robbery, Waki was sentenced to ten years in prison for conspiracy and fifteen years in prison for robbery. The court, however, ruled that the sentences should run concurrently, implying that he would serve the maximum of 15 years.
M3nsa was perplexed by the news, questioning why Waki would be sentenced to 15 years in prison for such a minor offense.
“People are poor, and hungry, and desperate. Committing petty crimes in front of even more corrupt institutions and personnel doesn’t change the core of the issue,” his tweet on January 5, 2023, read. “15yrs for what? To destroy his life even further? Human beings we be trash waaaa”.