Nigerian singer, Omah Lay has revealed why he was arrested in Uganda barely 24-hours after the news of his arrest broke online.
Omah Lay and Tems were arrested on Sunday, December, 13, 2020 after they performed at an event the previous night at the Ddungu Resort inside Munyonyo, Kampala City.
Omah Lay who has been giving updates of their arrest on twitter said they have been charged to court in Uganda after they were arrested for performing at an unauthorized concert and disobeying COVID-19 protocols.
The uprising star who lamented his ordeal saying “I’m in cuffs in Uganda right now with Tems,” added that the police has stopped the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from securing his release.
@temsbaby and @Omah_Lay Should be home, not in court before a magistrate for a negligent act likely to spread #covid19 they were booked to perform, they didn’t organize the concert, it’s the promoter. Free the artists 🇳🇬#FreeOmahLay #FreeTems pic.twitter.com/SBCivtTUmG
— A Pass Bagonza (@IamApass) December 14, 2020
“I’m just a singer trying to entertain, why am I being set up in Uganda? I didn’t organize a show, I came on stage and saw teeming fans and sang to them.
“Why am I being detained? Why am I not been given a right to a fair hearing?”
“Is there something bigger at play in Uganda? Why do I have to take the fall for it?” He tweeted.
After the news of his arrest broke the internet on Sunday, Omay tweeted to assured his fan that ‘everything would be fine’, but his series of tweets Monday reveals the situation isn’t going as he would expect.
Confirming the development, Public Relations Officer of the Ugandan Police Force, SP Patrick Onyango confirmed that Omay Lay was among three persons arrested and detained at Katwe Police Station in connection to the concert.
Contrary to Omay Lay’s tweet, the Police say the organisers got the show approved by stating that it was going to be a lunch and dinner event.
The manager of the venue where the concert held and the show promoter were also arrested.