Nigerian Artistes Detained In Uganda For Organizing “Unlawful” Concert

Nigerian artist arrested in Uganda (Image/Courtesy)

Social media is up in frenzy following the arrest and detaining of two Nigerian artistes in Uganda for reportedly organizing an unlawful concert.

According to reports on social media, the two artistes, Stanley Omah Didia alias Omah Lay and Temilade Openyi alias Tems were charged on Monday for negligently doing acts likely to spread infectious diseases in Uganda.

Following their arrests, Omah took to Twitter faulting the Ugandan police for denying them a fair trial while ideally terming their arrest illegal.

“Yes, I’m with the Ugandan police… something about the show from last night. Everything would be fine,” Omah wrote.

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He added, “I’m just a singer trying to entertain, why am I being set up in Uganda?

However, the Ugandan police authorities reported that they arrested three Nigerian nationals together with four Ugandans on Sunday in connection with staging an ‘unauthorized concert’ at the Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo, Kampala.

The police say the Nigerians breached the stipulations outlined by the Ministry of Health regarding combatting the spread of COVID-19.

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“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,” reads the Tweet.

Other Nigerian renowned artists have joined in on the conversation demanding the release of their colleagues.

Davido, for instance, wrote, “Omo this Ugandan P, how can we help? What can we do? Artists just tryna eat! They didn’t bargain for this @PoliceUg!!!!! BIG CAP!!.”

Davido further hinted at having a conversation with Bobi Wine, Uganda’s presidential candidate who was arrested over the weekend. He has however deleted the tweet.


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