Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj has come out in support of Dancehall King Beenie Man amidst allegations that he disappeared from an isolation center in Ghana, after testing positive for COVID-19.
On Tuesday morning, Beenie took to Instagram to not only share evidence of his negative COVID-19 test results out of Ghana, but also a statement issued via his label MD Music Group, which indicated, among other things, that the news reports out of Ghana, were utterly nonsensical.
After seeing the post, Minaj, who collaborated with Beenie Man on Gun Shot, unequivocally commented,
“Dem too bad mind. Leave him ALONE!!!!! Cho.”
Beenie subsequently replied,
Meanwhile, there seems to be a back and forth between the Girls Dem Sugar deejay, and health officials in the West African country, who insist that he tested positive for the virus upon his arrival and was sent into mandatory quarantine at the AH Hotel in East Legon.
In an interview with Citi News, Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Asiedu Bekoe, said that Beenie’s so-called “escape” from isolation was a security issue.
“I think it is more of a security issue from our point of view. When he arrived in Ghana, we tested him and it was positive so we sent him into isolation,” Bekoe said.
“I think that at a point in time, he disappeared but he came back from the Immigration (Service) after going for his passport and he was tested again and it was negative. But I do not know if that was the time he went for the concert. I am talking about the Ghana Health Service part so we didn’t arrest him because the Ghana Health Service doesn’t arrest [people].”
According to Citi News, the Ghana Immigration Service released the entertainer to the Ghana Health Service officials and his lawyers.
Beenie appeared on a number of media platforms in the country, before performing at the Bhim Concert organized by Ghanaian Dancehall artist, Stonebwoy.
He departed Ghana after a 7-day stay. (h/t Dancehallmag)