Omah Lay, Ms Tems remanded in Ugandan prison

The Nigerian trio of Stanley Didia aka Omah Lay, Temilade Openyi alias Ms Tems and Muyiwa Awomiyi have been remanded at two different prisons in Uganda. 

They were charged to a magistrate court in Makindye, Uganda, on Monday for ‘‘Negligently doing acts likely to spread an infectious diseases C/S 171 of the Penal Code Act’’.

The Ugandan police said earlier plans of releasing them on police bond were suspended after their casefile was sanctioned by the Office of the DPP. 

They were jointly charged with four other Ugandans and remanded till Wednesday.

Omah Lay and Ms Tems were arrested by officers of the Uganda police for flouting covid-19 guidelines shortly after their performance on Saturday night at The Big Brunch, a concert, that held at Speke Resort, Kampala.

The show, which is the first music concert in Uganda since the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions were imposed by President Museveni, was sold out.

Luk Owoyesigyire, Assistant Superintendent of Police and Deputy Police Spokesperson, Kampala Metropolitan Police, confirmed their arrest on Twitter on Sunday.

Three police officers including the area officer in charge of the police station in the area were also arrested.

The policemen were arrested for failing to detect the criminal acts that took place in their area of jurisdiction, the police said.

The Ugandan police alleged that the organisers of the concert first held lunch and dinner events, but later on at night started inviting artistes to perform.

After enduring close to nine months of no performances at all because of Covid-19 restrictions, Gravity and other Ugandan musicians like Bebe Cool Mun G, Cindy, Crysto Panda, King Saha, and Geosteady, felt cheated when they discovered that Omah Lay and Ms Tems held a music concert in their country.

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Rapper, Gravity Omutujju, threatened to sue President Yoweri Museveni for allowing the Nigerian artistes to perform in their country amidst the Covid-19 restrictions.

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