UGANDA ARREST: Omah Lay, Tems,Muyiwa Awoniyi ‘ll be released soon – Dabiri-Erewa assures

Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has assured Nigerians that the Nigerian artistes, Omah Lay, Tems and Muyiwa Awoniyi will be home soon
Dabiri-Erewa gave the assurance while receiving members of Omah Lay’s Record Label, Valentine Ngaji and Marshall Onaemo of Keyqaad Record who came to plead for intervention for the arrested Artistes at NiDCOM Office in Abuja on Tuesday.

She said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian mission
in Uganda along with their Ugandan counterparts had achieved a
diplomatic resolution of the matter. She said they will first be handed
over to officials of the Nigerian mission in Uganda.

Dabiri-Erewa who did not mention when the arrested Artiste
will be finally released, was optimistic that with the Federal
Government’s speedy intervention, they will reunite with their families
and fans soonest.
The NiDCOM then boss advised Nigerian youth travelling abroad to familiarise themselves with the laws of the country and be good Ambassadors of the country.

She further reiterated the Federal government’s commitment to the welfare of law-abiding Nigerians anywhere in the world.

Earlier in his letter of request, Mr Valentine Ngaji on behalf of the
Artistes, thanked the Federal Government for its efforts since the
matter started and further pleaded to ensure that Omah Lay and the team
return home safely.

He recalled that the Artistes after due diligence went to Uganda to
perform at an event titled “The Brunch” but got to know later that the
organisers of the event sold more than estimated tickets approved for
the show resulting in an unexpected turnout of crowds..

” The Artistes being oblivious of this situation, went ahead to perform
as required and was arrested by the Ugandan Police after the event and
were charged for negligent intent to spread infectious disease.

“We acknowledge the seriousness of COVID-19 around the world and we
humbly apologise for this conduct. If we had prior knowledge of such
restrictions on live events in Uganda, we would have desisted from

“We humbly seek your assistance to help us intervene. The artistes are
respectable Nigerian citizens, well-loved and appreciated by his fans with commendable morals.”, he pleaded.

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