Nigerian artistes Stanley Omah Didia alias Omah Lay and Temilade Openyi aka Tems who were arrested for flouting Covid-19 guidelines and later released on Tuesday December 15, have spoken out about the incident, insisting their promoters had secured all the necessary clearance for the show.
Makindye Chief Magistrates Court on Tuesday ordered the release of duo after the DPP decided to drop all the charges against them.
Unlike Tems, Omah Lay has been very vocal about his disappointment in the operation of the Ugandan authorities.
“Is there something bigger at play in Uganda? Why do I have to take the fall for it?” Omah tweeted upon his arrest.
The 23 year old broke through on to the music scene last year and became very popular especially amongst millennials and this is probably why Kasana events chose him to be one of the headliners at their brunch held at Dungu resort, Munyonyo.
“Out in a new country with some beautiful people, the next thing, I’m being treated like a common thief,” he posted on his social media.
“Also, I want to 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 had secured all the clearances which of course included Covid-19 compliance,” he added.
Meanwhile, Tems, in her statement, said they would never have proceeded with the show if they knew the arrangement didn’t meet the required Covid-19 standard operating procedures.
“I’m truly saddened that attendees could have possibly been exposed to Covid-19, I would have never participated had I even the slightest knowledge that the event wouldn’t meet the slightly standard operating procedures,” Tems said in a statement she released last night.
“This past week has been difficult but extremely eye opening for me. I know some may have been worried but despite everything, this experience has helped me to see things for myself,” Tems continued to say.
Both Omah Lay and Tems are safely back in Nigeria.
“While I was being detained, I met some amazing women and children, and my eyes were open to the strife and hurt women are going through…I have newfound compassion and desire to make life easier for people such as these,” she added.