Entertainment of Friday, 29 December 2017
The Ghana Music Rights Organization(GHAMRO),has confirmed the news which was reported by Razzonline.com that legendary Hi-Life Musician ,Randy Nunoo has been arrested for duping their client who trades with the name and style of Food Inn,a sum of GHC3,000.00.
It would be recalled that, when Kojo Antwi assumed the chairmanship of GHAMRO,he appointed Randy Nunoo as a licensing officer;Randy, who abrogated his contract with GHAMRO in 2016 and was paid off by which he was not supposed to have anything to do with GHAMRO.
During the period of not working with GHAMRO,the “Papa Black Man ’ hitmaker unlawfully collected an amount of GHC3,000.00 from Food Inn,which is located on the Spintex road in Accra as music usage license , in three equal installments.
According Razzonline.com’s source,this amount was not paid to GHAMRO but was pocketed by Randy.
The case has since been reported at the Central Police station in Accra and Randy Nunoo who was invited has been detained by the police for questioning.
GHAMRO, confirmed the arrest of Randy Nunoo in a press statement signed by the PRO, Prince Tsegah which was forwarded exclusively to Razzonline.com .
Below is the press statement.
Our attention has been drawn to a publication by Razzonline.com with the caption “Randy Nunoo arrested for duping Ghamro client of Ghc3000.00” on 27th December, 2017 and same carried extensively by other numerous websites nationwide.
The Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), wishes to take this opportunity to confirm and throw more light on the issue and to lay to rest, the veracity regarding the uncertainty of the said publication.
The Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) is a Collective Management Organization established under the Copyright Act of 2005, Act 690 and regulated by Legislative Instrument 1962, Copyright Regulations 2010 to licence, collect and distribute royalties to members.
As part of our efforts to maximize collections and compensate right owners for the use of their music, the society undertakes nationwide licensing operations through Special Taskforce, Users Association, Agents and appointed Licensing Officers of which Randy Noonoo was a member.
Sometime in 2015, GHAMRO management appointed and trained Mr. Randy Nunoo, who is also a member of the Society, as a licensing agent to license and collect royalties at a commission of 20%. The operational process for such appointed agents is to deliver assessment, collect and pay the collections to the Society after which the due commission is calculated and paid. Somewhere in February, 2016, Randy Nunoo discontinued his service to the Society and was paid the due compensation accrued to him.
During GHAMRO’s routine audit and follow up on its clients this year, it was discovered that Foods Inn, one of GHAMRO’s clients located on the Spintex Road in Accra paid an amount of Ghc 3000.00, to Mr. Randy Nunoo.
This was at the time when he was no longer working with GHAMRO. Against the due process, he did not also pay the money to GHAMRO as the case should be. The documents available to GHAMRO indicates that Mr. Randy Nunoo collected the payment on three different occasions by instalments with the last payment dated 25/2/17.
Upon confirmation of the receipt of the payment from Foods Inn, a report was made to the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, hence his invitation and subsequent arrest on Wednesday the 27th December, 2017.
Reports reaching GHAMRO head office also indicates that some anonymous persons including a group calling itself united concerned members of GHAMRO chaired by the said Mr. Randy Nunoo and other members including Mr. John Mensah Sarpong and George Dickson have been engaging and encouraging commercial music users in the Central, Ashanti and Western regions not to pay any money to GHAMRO, since the organisation is under review ordered by the Attorney General.
GHAMRO wishes to state emphatically that it is the only organisation mandated under the copyright laws of Ghana to license, collect and distribute royalties and other remuneration accrued to the music right owners in Ghana and such orders should be disregarded and treated with the contempt it deserves.
GHAMRO craves the indulgence of the general public, especially commercial music users like restaurants, pubs, shops, spinners and hotels etc. to kindly call our hotlines 0540132225/ 0540512237 for any enquiry and disclose information to help investigate this unfortunate incident, to restore the image and uprightness of the society.
Public Relations Officer