The Uganda Police Force announced the arrest of two Nigerian musicians creating high waves in the African music industry, Omahlay and Tems on its official Twitter and Facebook accounts. Real names; Stanley Omah Didia and Temilade Openiyi.
Following the arrest, the Damn singer in cuffs with Tems informed his followers of the arrest on Twitter.
The Uganda Police Force provided the basis of the arrest informing the general public that the Nigerian singers violated the Covid19 laid down the protocol for disease prevention during a concert. The law enforcement agency backed up their claims with an official signed a document stating the violation. This was signed by the Superintendent of Police and Public Relations Officer of the Kampala Metropolitan Police, Patrick Onyango.
The Superintendent also mentioned that three other Ugandan policemen were equally arrested for collaborating with the music concert organizers to breach the Covid19 protocol and the Ministry of Health guidelines.
The Uganda Police reported that the concert was unauthorized, but was successfully held at Ddungun Resort, Munyononyo, Kampala. As a result, nine persons were arrested in connection to the unauthorized concert which included the Nigerian youngsters and Muyiwa Awoniyi, Tem’s manager.
The Nigerian government is currently looking into the case to bring their citizens back home as confirmed by the head representative of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa. Without a quick bail insight, Omah Lay disclosed later on his Twitter that the Uganda Police Force is refusing the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from intervening.
According to the Ugandan Public Relations Officers, the case files are under process at Katwe Police Station and will proceed to the court at Makindye charging the violators for negligence, doing acts that could aid the spread of the coronavirus.
The violators remain under Uganda police custody with Omahlay taken to Kitalya prison and Tems to Kigo prison. Fortunately, their bail came faster than expected with signed court papers ordering their release today.
Following the release of Omahlay and Tems, Popular Ugandan artiste, Bebe Cool uploaded the official court documents on Twitter.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher, a journalist for A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IoT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow.