Police in Uganda have arrested Nigerian artistes, Stanley Omah Didia a.k.a Omah Lay and Temilade Openyi a.k.a Tems for holding an unauthorized concert on Saturday night in the capital, Kampala.
They were arrested together with the event organizer and owner of the premises. Both artistes faced a Ugandan court on Monday after being charged with “Negligently doing acts likely to spread an infectious diseases.”
According to newsexpressngr.com, his arrest was confirmed by Luk Owoyesigyire, Assistant Superintendent of Police and Deputy Police Spokesperson, Kampala Metropolitan Police.
According to the Ugandan news outlet, The Independent, the organizers of the event disguised the show as a lunch and dinner event but later on, at night started inviting artists to perform.
The Independent added that Omah Lay and the others are currently being held at Katwe police station and are being charged with doing “acts that are likely to cause the spread of infectious disease Covid-19.”
The Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, suspended music concerts and that directive still stands, The Independent reported.
Uganda’s Ministry of Health on Sunday reported 461 new confirmed coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases in the country to 27,532.
In an update to the story, Nigerian music & entertainment consultant, Bizzle Osikoya revealed that Omah Lay has been released.