Two days after their detention, the Nigerian singers Omah Lay and Tems, who were detained in Uganda for allegedly violating the COVID-19 protocols, were released again.
On Tuesday, Bebe Cool, a singer from Uganda, broke the news alongside documents confirming their release.
In the records, the presiding judge, Okumu Jude Muwone, who is Makindye’s chief magistrate, ordered that the singers be set free.
Whereas the accused Stanley Omah Didia and Muyiwa Awoniyi were charged with the crime of neglect act likely to spread infectious disease Section 171 of the Penal Code Act, the release order for Omah Lay reads: “Whereas the accused individuals Stanley Omah Didia and Muyiwa Awoniyi were charged with the offense of neglect act likely to spread infectious disease Section 171 of the Penal Code Act.”
“The charges against the accused Stanley Omah Didia and Muyiwa Awoniyi has been withdrawn against them by Vide Withdrawal Form Serial No, 4292 dated December 15, 2020.
“This is to direct you to release Muyiwa Awoniyi and Stanley Omah Didia the said accused persons from your custody forthwith unless held on other charges.”
The two singers were arrested over their involvement in an unauthorised concert that held on Saturday night in Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo, Kampala City.
The pair were thereafter remanded in police custody alongside four Ugandans after they were arraigned before a court.
The Nation had earlier reported how Bebe Cool was accused of playing a role in the singers’ arrest after he had opposed their invitation to the concert.
In a now-deleted post, the singer had wondered why the organisers of the concert would opt for the two Nigerian artistes when many of his colleagues in Uganda are struggling financially.