Nigerians singers Omah Lay and Tems nabbed by police in Uganda for allegedly breaking COVID-19 restrictions

Nigerians singers Omah Lay and Tems nabbed by police in Uganda for allegedly breaking COVID-19 restrictions

- An assistant superintendent of police in Uganda has confirmed the arrest of Nigerian singers Omah Lay and Tems

- The officer made the announcement of their arrest via tweets shared on his Twitter page

- Although details of the arrest have not been made public, online reports claim that the singers flouted coronavirus restriction laws

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Nigerian music stars, Stanley Omah Didia aka Omah Lay and Temilade Openiyi professionally known as Tems, have been arrested in Uganda hours shortly after a concert.

The news of their arrest was made public by an assistant superintendent of police in the country identified as Owoyesigyire (@lukowoyesigyire) on social media, on Sunday, December 13.

According to the officer who doubles as a police spokesperson, the managers of the venue where the concert was held have also been nabbed by the police.

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Nigerians singers Omah Lay and Tems nabbed by police in Uganda for allegedly breaking COVID-19 restrictions
Singers Omah Lay and Tems arrested in Uganda. Photo: @temsbaby/@omah_lay
Source: Instagram

He said:

"Nigerian Artist Omah lay has been arrested by katwe police, the manager of the venue one Dungu Ivan and the Events manager Prim Kasana are also in custody."

In a different post, Owoyesigyire confirmed that Tems and her manager, Muyiwa Awomiyi, were also arrested.

See his tweets below:

Although the officer did not reveal full details about their arrests, reports on social media claim that the musicians were arrested following an outcry by Ugandan artistes who called out the police in their country allowing foreign artistes hold events while the locals are denied.

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Reacting to the news of the arrest, a Ugandan citizen wrote:

"I am proud of you. I have been depressed and extremely discouraged by this event. How it went unnoticed is another thing our Intelligence services must look into. In everything we do, we must have moral decency in it. I support NRM & Mr Museveni 100% and will defend him always."

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Another citizen noted said the Nigerian singers should not have been arrested. He tweeted:

"Do not touch the artist. Arrest: 1. The promoter 2. Immigration officers who permitted him entry knowing his purpose of visit 3. Police officers who permitted personnel to provide security 4. Owner of the premises most were warned @BebeCoolUG etc and security didn't mind."

Also reacting to the news, some Nigerian citizens called for the release of the music superstars.

@calebokechukwu tweeted:

@yr_favourite_ada also called for the release of the singers. See tweet below:

Meanwhile, previously reported that Omah Lay received international recognition for his brilliant work in the past few months.

The artist was honoured as BET International’s artiste of the month of November 2020. Lay while reacting to the news thanked the foreign media and said he was honoured.

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