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Ugandan Court releases Nigerian artists, Omah Lay and Tems

Two days after the arrest of popular Nigerian musicians, Omah Lay and Tems, a Ugandan court has ordered their release from the prisons in Kitalya and Kigo respectively, where they had previously been remanded.

Omah Lay’s Letter of Release
The Letter of Release for sensational singer, Tems

Their release was thankfully facilitated quickly as the prescribed punishment for their alleged offence under Ugandan law is 7 years imprisonment and they may have been forced to face even more embarrassment.

The prescribed punishment for their alleged offence.

During the few days both artists spent in detention, Nigerian celebrities campaigned massively for their freedom, trending hashtags such as #FreeOmahLay and #FreeTems, which undoubtedly mounted pressure on the Ugandan authorities to order their release.

Different artists including Davido tweeting in  agitation for the release of Omah Lay and Tems.
Omah Lay pictured walking out of the court room. below are tweet updates from the singer’s Twitter page while he was remanded

 

However, reports on Twitter state that while these two artists were battling for their release after supposedly flouting COVID-19 guidelines, the Uganda President, Yoweri Musoveni, made moves to hold political campaigns, attracting a number of people that definitely is not in line with the same COVID-19 guidelines.

Huge crowd seen at the political rally
One of the many tweets condemning the President’s act for being inconsistent with COVID-19 rules.

Nigerians have expressed joy at the release of the artists and the controversy surrounding the arrest has since ended.

 

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