Hakuna Matata Hit Maker Ohemaa Jacky Arrested By Interpol In Benin

Ohemaa Jacky is already standing trial in Ghana for allegedly defrauding a trader of GHC150,000 under the pretext of securing her an Italian passport and resident identity cards. Charged with defrauding by false pretenses, the musician pleaded not guilty, and she was granted bail in the sum of GHC 200,000. Soon after she was granted bail, she disappeared and failed to attend court, putting pressure on those who stood sureties for her as they were hurled before court to produce the singer. The prosecution said security officers have tried to trace her in her home in Accra, but to no avail, until INTERPOL was contacted and the accused was nabbed at Cotonou while on the run to London via Paris, with her husband.

Ghanaian gospel musician Jacklin Sarfo Gyamfua aka Ohemaa Jacky popularly known for her hit track Hakuna Matata is said to have absconded from Ghana while on trial for defrauding by false pretenses but has been arrested by the International Police (INTERPOL) in Cotonou, Benin.

The prosecutor said a trader, who is the complainant was interested in traveling to Italy and contacted Ohemaa Jacky through her Facebook advertisement.

He said Ohemaa Jacky promised to secure two Italian passports and two Italian resident identity cards for the complainant and her infant daughter at a fee of €24,000.

The accused, according to the Insp. Sarpong, further gave her Bank account number bearing the name of one Afuah Serwaa Dwamena and another Bank account bearing the name of Lord Men’s Enterprise. He said Ohemaa Jacky then requested the complainant to pay the demanded fee of €24,000 into any of the above-mentioned accounts. The complainant accordingly deposited various sums amounting to €21,000 into the accounts provided by the accused.

Insp. Sarpong further told the court that the musician later provided two Italian Passports and two Italian Resident Identity Cards for the complainant and her infant daughter.

On March 30, 2021, the prosecutor said the complainant presented the Italian passports at the Kotoka International Airport to travel outside the country but was apprehended on the basis that the passports presented were fake. The Prosecutor said a complaint was lodged to the Police leading to the gospel musician’s arrest on September 8, 2021.

Charged with defrauding by false pretenses, the musician pleaded not guilty, and she was granted bail in the sum of GHC 200,000. Soon after she was granted bail, she disappeared and failed to attend court, putting pressure on those who stood sureties for her as they were hurled before court to produce the singer.

The prosecution said security officers have tried to trace her in her home in Accra, but to no avail, until INTERPOL was contacted and the accused nabbed at Cotonou.