Ugandan police have arrested fast-rising Nigerian singers Omah Lay and Tems for flouting COVID-19 precautionary measures at a concert in the country.
On Saturday, the Headies awards nominees performed at an event tagged The Big Brunch, which held at Speke Resort, Wavamunno Rd, Kampala, Uganda, but went viral after being picked up by the police.
According to the Ugandan news outlet, The Independent, the organizers of the event disguised the show as a lunch and dinner event but later on, at night started inviting artists to perform even after they were warned from performing.
The Independent added that Omah Lay, whose real name is Stanley Omah Didia, and the others are currently being held at Katwe police station and are being charged with doing “acts that are likely to cause the spread of infectious disease Covid-19.”
Confirming the arrest, Luk Owoyesigyire, the Assistant Superintendent of Police and Deputy Police Spokesperson, Kampala Metropolitan Police in a statement released on Twitter, wrote:
“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. More details to follow. Temilade Openiyi Aka Ms Tems (Artist) also been arrested with her manager Muyiwa Awomiyi.”
— Uganda Police Force (@PoliceUg) December 13, 2020
Taking to his own Twitter page to confirm the arrest, Omah Lay assured his fans that things would be sorted out soon. “Yes I’m with the Ugandan police… something about the show from last night. Everything would be fine…” the 23-year-old wrote.
Yes I’m with the Ugandan police… something about the show from last night. Everything would be fine…
— Omah Lay (@Omah_Lay) December 13, 2020
In an update, Nigerian music and entertainment consultant, Bizzle Osikoya revealed that Omah Lay has been released. Few hours later, he returned to lament that they have been denied freedom because his tweets angered the police.
Omo Dem never free our people o, dem say my tweet vex their police more sef.
— Bizzle Osikoya (@bizzleosikoya) December 14, 2020
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