After returning back home to Nigeria, singers Omah Lay and Tems are happy to be free after spending a few nights under police custody in Uganda but it seems the experience wasn’t a good one for both stars according to Omah.
Omah Lay has spoken out about his experience behind the bars in UG and according to him, he was treated like a ‘common thief’ while in custody. This was the first time the singer spoke after being released from custody a few days ago for violating Covid-19 standard operating procedures.
Omah Lay and fellow Nigerian singer Tems were arrested on Sunday, December 13, 2020, for performing at an ‘unauthorised concert’ and disobeying COVID-19 protocols. The incident attracted a lot of attention online as fans and Nigerians took to the Tweeter streets and other platforms to call for their immediate release.
“The past few days have been some of the toughest of my life that I wouldn’t wish them on anyone. Out in a new country with some beautiful people, the next thing I’m being treated like a common thief,” he tweeted.
“First off I want to thank all the amazing fans that came out to see me in Uganda, the smiles on your happy faces that evening would be one of my happiest memories.”
“Also I wanna clarify that putting you in harm’s way was never my intention! Before we came out to Uganda, the show promoters confirmed and proved to us they’d secured all the clearances which of course included Covid 19 compliance.”
“At that point, my sole obligation became to make myself available to be taken to the venue and entertain, which I did in the full glance and protection of the Ugandan police.”
“Secondly, to my mom, my family, my team, my fans, friends that I caused sleepless nights waiting and praying for me, I apologize for putting you through all that;”
“Big shout out to the musicians, the celebrities, fans (Again and again), my family, my friends, my Label, The Nigerian Mission in Uganda, The Presidency, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Madam Abike. Thank you all so much!”
Omah Lay says he was treated like a common thief while in police custody in Uganda
As for Tems, the music artist took to her Instagram page on Friday, December 18, where she expressed regret over the turn of events.
“I’m truly saddened that attendees could have possibly been exposed to covid-19. I would never have participated I had even the slightest knowledge that the event would not meet standard operating procedure and put Uganda citizens at risk,” she wrote.
She went on to thank the Nigerian and Ugandan governments for the roles they played in resolving the issue. She also thanked all her fans, including Nigerians and Ugandans who supported her during her arrest.
According to the music star, she also got to see and experience firsthand the strife women go through in while detention.
Well, we’re not surprised by Omah’s reaction about his arrest. And some could probably say at least he was able to walk out of the situation with his life intact which can’t be said for some of the citizens who have had run-ins with the Ugandan police in the past.
We are glad both artists were released and no serious harm came to them while under arrest and we hope we get to see them again and this time around under better circumstances.
Author: Allan Bangirana
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spur Magazine. He is passionate about tech, games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.