Omah Lay and Tems, two fast-rising Nigerian singers, have regained freedom from detention in Uganda — about three days after they were arrested.

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Bebe Cool, a Uganda singer, broke the news on Tuesday alongside documents confirming their release.

In the documents, Okumu Jude Muwone, the presiding judge who doubles as the chief magistrate of Makindye, directed that the singers be set free.

The release order for Omah Lay reads: “Whereas the accused persons Stanley Omah Didia and Muyiwa Awoniyi were charged with the offence of neglect act likely to spread of infectious disease Section 171 of Penal Code Act.

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“The charges against the accused Stanley Omah Didia and Muyiwa Awoniyi has been withdrawn against them by Vide Withdrawal Form Serial No, 4292 dated December 15, 2020.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.”

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), also confirmed that the singers have been released and handed over to the Nigerian mission in Uganda.

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.

TheCable Lifestyle 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.

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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.

“Let me hope this is a dream I am in because if it’s real, I will make every effort to fail this event,” he had written.

In another post, the singer apologised for what he earlier wrote, while backing calls for the release of Omay Lay and Tems.



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