Nigerian artistes Omah Lay and Tems remanded in Ugandan prison; to appear in court on Dec 16

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Nigerian artistes, Omah Lay and Ms Tems, who were arrested by officers of the Uganda police in Kampala for flouting covid-19 guidelines over the weekend, have been remanded in prison.

Omah_Lay has been taken to Kitalya prison and Tems taken to Kigo prison, Omah Lay is taken to kitalya prison until December 16 when they will have to appear at the High Court

The artistes were arrested shortly after their performance on Saturday night at The Big Brunch, a concert that held at Speke Resort, Wavamunno Rd, Kampala.

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

Mr Owoyesigyire also announced that Dungu Ivan, the manager of the venue where the musicians performed, and the events manager, Prim Kasana, were also in their custody. Ms Tems’s manager, Muyiwa Awomiyi, was also arrested.

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.

In their statement, 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.

‘‘Preliminary investigations indicate that they connived with area police officers, who guarded the illegal event.

The Ugandan police also condemned the acts of the suspects who they described as selfish individuals ‘‘bent on violating the directives on COVID-19 with the purpose of making money while risking the lives of many Ugandans.”

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