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Nigerian artists Omah Lay and Tems remanded to prison

By Michael Nampala 15 Dec 2020 01:06 AM EAT

Nigerian artists Stanley Omah Didia aka Omah Lay and Temilade Openyi  aka Tems who performed at Ddungu Beach in Munyonyo over the weekend have been remanded to Kigo prison till Wednesday.

According to the verified Uganda Police Force Twitter handle, the singers were arrested on December 13 following their concert over the weekend.

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Tems and Omah Lay arrested

Nigerian artists battling with charges of negligently doing acts likely to spread an infectious diseases 

Omah Lay wonders why he is under arrest and yet he did not organize the show

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"Nine people have been arrested in connection to the unauthorized concert that was held last night in Ddungu Resort, Munyonyo, Kampala."

"The earlier plans of releasing them on police bond, were suspended after their case file was sanctioned by the Office of the DPP."

"The Nigerian trio of Stanley Omah Didia alias Omah Lay, Temilade Openyi alias Tems and Muyiwa Awomiyi have been charged to court in Makindye on charges of Negligently doing acts likely to spread an infectious diseases C/S 171 of the Penal Code Act."

"They were jointly charged with four other Ugandans. All remanded till Wednesday 16.12.2020."


Before the Nigerian singers were sent to prison, the Breakthrough Act MAMA nominee Omah Lay was able to tweet regarding his situation.

Omah Lay and Tems

Omah Lay and Tems

"I didn’t organize a show, I came on stage and saw teeming fans and sang to them... Why am I being detained? Why am I not being given a right to a fair hearing?"

"Why is Uganda not letting  @NigeriaMFA step into this? They have been trying to secure our release to no avail. Is there something bigger at play in Uganda? Why do I have to take the fall for it???"

Days before the concert could take place, Bebe Cool made a post on his Facebook wall regarding the Omah Lay concert wondering why a Nigerian artist could be allowed to perform when Ugandan artists have not performed for close to 10 months, he later pulled down the post.

These are some of the responses from Nigerian artists; 

Burnaboy - "I will never perform again in Uganda!!"

Rema - "Free Omah lay, Free Tems. Uganda y’all breaking my heart on God Broken heart. Nigerian government SPEAK!"

Tiwa Savage - "This is so unfair"


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