Omah Lay, Tems Released From Detention After Flouting Uganda’s COVID-19 Guidelines

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Nigerian singers Omah Lay and Tems, who flouted Uganda’s COVID-19 precautions have been released after being detained for almost three days in the East African country.

A release order dated December 15, showed that the charges against both artists had been withdrawn and therefore, they should be released forthwith “unless held on other charges.”


Recall that the fast-rising stars were arrested on Monday after performing at a show and thereafter were arraigned at a court in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. A tweet by the Ugandan Police Force had said they will remain in custody till Wednesday, December 16.

Their arrest was met with outrage, especially on social media, by a bevy of Nigerian celebrities alongside fans, who demanded their immediate release. The situation was also a subject of debate as many believe it was beyond flouting the country’s COVID-19 guidelines – quickly sparking the hashtags #FreeTems, #FreeOmahLay on Twitter.

Their release came shortly after the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, said the Nigerian government was engaging the Ugandan Authorities at the highest level to ensure their release.

Abike Dabiri- Erewa, the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), had also, earlier in the day, assured Nigerians that all was being done to secure their release after she met with two members of both artistes’ record labels.

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