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Nigerian Artists and Human Rights activists demand release of Tems and Omah Lay

Nigerian artists Tems and Omah Lay were arrested on Sunday December 13th, 2020 for alledgedly disobeying COVID-19 guidelines after they performed at a concert at Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo.

Uganda Police Public Relations Officer SP Patrick Onyango confirmed the arrest of the artists along with their handlers that evening.

“We have arrested three people in connection to an unauthorised concert held last night at Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo, Kampala City. Those who were arrested include Ivan Ddungu, the manager of Ddungu Resort, Omah Lay and Prim Kasana the events manager who welcomed Omah Lay to the country to Sing.”

SP Patrick Onyango.

Tems, who had performed alongside Omah Lay on Saturday was later on arrested as well and the two along with others with whom they were charged and arraigned in court yesterday, Monday December 14th, 2020 and later remanded to Kitalya Prison until Wednesday.

Nigerian Artist Tems (with scarf on head) in court yesterday (Phot by Nicholas Bamulanzeki)

Several celebrities on the African continent as well as artist from Nigeria and Human Rights activists have come out to demand for the unconditional release of the artists following their controversial arrest.

Initial appeals were made by fellow country men and Nigerian music stars Burna Boy, Joeboy, Fireboy DML, Teni (Teniola Apata), Maleek Berry, Peter Okoye (Mr. P), Rema (Divine Ikubor), Ycee (Oludemilade Martin Alejo), Shizzi (Oluwaseyi Akerele), Symply Tacha (Anita Natacha Akide)

The list has gone on to grow bigger with more artists from the country with many celebrated music icons joining the fight to have Omah Lay and Tems freed.

Latest to join the list include Simi (Simisola Kosoko), Davido (David Adedeji Adeleke), Olamide Adedeji, Runtown (Douglas Jack Agu), Ruggedman (Michael Ugochukwu Stephens), Season 5 BBNaija winner Laycon (Olamilekan Moshood), human rights activists Savvy Rin & Omoyele Sowore, Tiwa Savage, Big Brother Naija season 4 housemate Khafi Kareem and Oxlade

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