Outrage On Social Media As Nigerians Demand Release Of Artistes In Uganda

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Nigerians have taken to their social media platforms to howl out on the unjust arrest of Nigerian fast-rising music stars, Omah Lay and Tems for allegedly violating COVID-19 rules in Uganda.

It was gathered that the two singers went to Uganda to perform at a concert and was allegedly reported by some Uganda Entertainment Industry stakeholders on the basis that Omah Lay and Tems are foreign Artist. 

In a series of tweets posted by Omah Lay, he revealed that he was in cuffs. In his tweets, the singer stated that they had tried to secure their bail but all to no avail.

He wrote, “I’m in cuffs in Uganda right now with Tems. 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? Why is Uganda not letting @NigeriaMFA step into this? They have been trying to secure our release to no avail. Is there something bigger at play in Uganda? Why do I have to take the fall for it???”

A Twitter user with the handle, @davidsancez256, further gave an insight into the matter. He posted on his account that the singers were being led to prison. His post was accompanied by a pictured of Omah Lay in a handcuff.

He wrote, “Finally @temsbaby & @Omah_Lay are taken to Kitalya prison and Tems is taken to Kigo prison, Omah Lay is taken to Kitalya prison until December 16, 2020. And the event organisers /promoters and they will have to appear to High Court on Wednesday.”

@DrOlufunmilayo on his Twitter page says,”#FreeTems#FreeOmahLay It is wrong to arrest an international artiste invited to your country by people in your country. Uganda should do better. Uganda should release Tems and OmahLay. Please speak up for them. #FreeTems#FreeOmahLay Lend your voice. Until Uganda sees this.”

Another Twitter user by @EWAWUNMII “Uganda police did not arrest the organizers! They did not arrest the Uganda artistes that perform there But they arrest Omah Lay and Tems? What TF is going on? Fuvking #FreeTems and #FreeOmahLay

Nigerian Artistes also joined in the rave.

The African Giant, Burna Boy took to his Twitter platform to urge the Ugandan government to release the singers. He wrote, “Uganda…Pls we need our people home and safe #freetems #freeomahlay

Ace rap artiste, Olamide had also lent his voice to the release of the singers. “@PoliceUg  @StateHouseUg Free Omah lay and Tems,” the singer posted on his Twitter page.

Nigerian Songwriter and Singer, Joeboy joined in the trail of reactions. “Are they the show organizers? Except everyone that attended the show was also arrested, then this makes no sense #FreeOmahLay #FreeTems.”

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