Nigerian artistes, Stanley Omah Didia a.k.a Omah Lay and Temilade Openyi a.k.a Tems have been arrested in Uganda.
They both faced a Ugandan court on Monday after being charged with “Negligently doing acts likely to spread an infectious diseases.”
This was disclosed by the Ugandan police in a social media statement on Monday afternoon. The artists were arrested after they allegedly performed in a concert at Uganda over the weekend.
Uganda Police said the 2 were also arrested with one other person, Muyiwa Awomiyi. They said:
- “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.”
In a series of tweets posted by Omah Lay, he revealed that he was in cuffs. In his tweets, the singer stated that they had tried to secure their bail but all to no avail.
He wrote, “I’m in cuffs in Uganda right now with Tems. I’m just a singer trying to entertain, why am I being set up in Uganda? 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 been 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???”
A Twitter user with the handle, @davidsancez256, further gave an insight into the matter. He posted on his account that the singers were being led to prison. His post was accompanied with pictured of Omah Lay in a handcuff.
He wrote “Finally @temsbaby & @Omah_Lay are taken to Kitalya prison and Tems is taken to Kigo prison, Omah Lay is taken to Kitalya prison until December 16, 2020. And the event organisers /promoters and they will have to appear to High Court on Wednesday.”