Burna Boy, Fireboy, Laycon, Others Demand Release Of Omah Lay, Tems Remanded In Uganda
Both singers were arrested by the Uganda Police Force after their performances at The Big Brunch in Kampala, Uganda for flouting COVID-19 guidelines.
The duo were arraigned in court today for this offense and the Judge ordered the remand of Omah Lay and Tems.
The ruling has since sparked outrage among many Nigerians on Twitter, as they believe the artistes were not given a fair hearing.
African Giant, Burna Boy via his Twitter platform urged Ugandan government to release the singers.
Uganda…Pls we need our people home and safe #freetems#freeomahlay.
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) December 14, 2020
Ace rap artiste, Olamide also lent his voice to the release of the singers, saying;
@PoliceUg@StateHouseUg Free Omah lay and Tems.
Rave-of-the-moment artiste, Fireboy DML, in a tweet asked Ugandan police why his peers were being mistreated.
What is going on? @PoliceUg Why are Omah Lay and Tems being mistreated?! #FreeOmahLay#FreeTems everyone please let’s create more awareness on this, it’s no longer funny!
— Fireboy DML (@fireboydml) December 14, 2020
In an update, Peter Okoye of defunct PSquare group revealed that the chairman of Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, during a telephone conversation assured him that they are working on ensuring the release of the singers.
— Peter Okoye MrP (@PeterPsquare) December 14, 2020
See other reactions from Twitter users below;
— Laycon💡 (@itsLaycon) December 14, 2020
— OBA ORIN (@TeniEntertainer) December 14, 2020
Its a total shame that Nigerian artists Omah Lay and Tems who flew into Uganda LEGALLY for a publicly announced event are being hounded and embarrassed in such a manner.#FreeOmahLay #FreeTems @GovUganda @abikedabiri
— Runtown (@iRuntown) December 14, 2020
Omahlay and Tems were invited and granted permission to perform!! @PoliceUg
Why exactly are they being detained?
— TACHA🔱🇳🇬🇬🇭 (@Symply_Tacha) December 14, 2020
— Ayemojubar (@ayemojubar) December 14, 2020
Omah Lay and Tems are currently being bullied in Uganda by their Police and the Government.
— Fairly used boyfriend 💫 (@brysonadahcole) December 14, 2020
Uganda get mind oo, a whole giant of Africa, @PoliceUg police dey treat its citizens like that. No respect, no regards at all, ordinary Uganda wey Oshodi and agege boys go go there go scatter. No be their fault anyway, na wetin pur leaders cause. #FreeTems #FreeOmahLay
— James Onwe #EndSARS (@youngvallen12) December 14, 2020
Omah Lay & Tems have been sent to a maximum security prison in Uganda till Wednesday and the Nigerian Govt isn’t doing anything about it.
— Unilag’s Finest ✨ (@bluegirlolu) December 14, 2020
@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
So my brother-in-law just sent this to me from Uganda, apparently Omah Lay & Tems have been sent to a maximum security prison in Uganda till Wednesday & the Nigerian Govt isn’t doing anything about it.
— Samuel Otigba (@SamuelOtigba) December 14, 2020
— Maleek Berry (@MaleekBerry) December 14, 2020
Omah Lay and Tems have been charged to court in Uganda
Pass it on!!
— Famez Venom 👊🏽 (@Famezz_vv) December 14, 2020
— ZAHEER! (@iam_YCee) December 14, 2020
They were that strict with Covid 19 rules, yet they organized a concert, invited Nigerian musicians to perform, allowed them in the country, allowed them perform, then arrested them for breaking a rule they clearly could have avoided. Doesn’t make sense! #FreeTems #FreeOmahlay 😠 pic.twitter.com/Fnc5dm9Rk4
— EyeCan (@Eyesaymymind) December 14, 2020