It has been a trying December for afropop superstars Omah Lay and Tems. But their miserable stay in Uganda has come to a positive end as they have been released from police custody after they were arrested for allegedly defying Covid-19 regulations in the African nation.
According to the release order signed by Magistrate Okumu Jude Muwone, the charges against Omah Lay, Tems and her manager Muyiwa Awoniyi were dropped .
The order to release Tems and Omah Lay read :
“WHEREAS the Accused persons As MUYIWA AWONIYI and As STANLEY OMAH DIDIA, were charged with the offence of Neglect act likely to spread of infectious disease
Section 171 of Penal Code Act.
“The charges against the accused As STANLEY OMAH DIDIA and As MUYIWA AWONIYI, has been withdrawn against them.
The release order for Tems read :
“WHEREAS the Accused person A TEMILADE OPENYI was charged with the offence of Neglect act likely to spread of infectious disease Section 171 of Penal Code Act.
“The charges against the accused A TEMILADE OPENYI has been withdrawn against them Vide Withdrawal Form Serial No, 4292 dated 1st December 2020.”
For those who don’t know who he is, Omah Lay born Stanley Omah Didia is a Nigerian songwriter and singer. Omah Lay was born in Port Harcourt on May 19 1997. He is 23 years of age, and is signed to Dvpper Music.
Tems, on the other hand, was born Temilade Openiyi. She is a Nigerian alt-R&B singer, songwriter and record producer. She has been featured by prominent artistes like Davido and Khalid.
The duo were arrested in Uganda by Katwe Police after performing at a concert in the country. They were arrested alongside the manager of the venue one Dungu Ivan and the Events manager Prim Kasana.
Assistant Superintendent of Police and Deputy Police Spokesperson, Kampala Metropolitan Police in a statement released on Twitter, wrote:
“Nigerian Artist Omah Lay and Temi has been arrested by Katwe police, the manager of the venue one Dungu Ivan and the Events manager Prim Kasana are also in custody.
In the aftermath, Tems has expressed her anger and frustration at BebeCool who is the Ugandan artiste that informed the police about the concert Omah Lay and Tems would perform in, while Omah Lay just expressed appreciation and relief at finally being free.
It’s great to see them back home, and we hope the rest of their December will be better than the start