Nigerian Musician Omah Lay
Nigerian Musician Omah Lay detained for staging a life-threatening concert in Uganda. FILE PHOTO

Three people including Nigerian musician Omah Lay, the manager of the place where the concert was held have all been arrested.

Following an unauthorized concert that was held Saturday night in Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo, Kampala City featuring Nigerian musician Omah Lay, Police has detained three people in response to the action.

Last night, several Ugandans were left fuming with pictures that made rounds on social media platforms of how a Nigerian musician was allowed to stage a massive concert in the country amidst the ongoing COVID-19.

The scenes were not well received by a pool of Ugandan musicians who have since rushed to their various platforms to express their disappointments and aim to dig at the government’s action.

However, in the wake of events, three people including Nigerian musician Omah Lay, the manager of the place where the concert was held, and Prim Kasana, Events Manager, who contracted Omah Lay to sing have all been arrested in connection to scenes.

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According to a statement released Sunday by the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, they have embarked on further investigations to determine the area officer for failing to control the illegal action.

Onyango also, noted that the organizers of the show first disguised that it was a lunch and dinner event, but later on in the night they started inviting artists to perform.

“It is alleged that the organizers of the show disguised that it as lunch and dinner event, but later on at night they started inviting artistes to perform,” part of Onyango’s statement read.

He, however, stated that all the suspects have been detained at Katwe Police Station where they are being charged for engaging in acts that are likely to culminate into the further spread of the coronavirus.

Omah Lay concert in Uganda
Circulating photos of Omah Lay concert in Uganda.

Meanwhile, this comes at a time when music shows, concerts and bars are still under lockdown since March. 

During his last address to the nation, President Museveni said that these will continue to remain non-operational until such a time when the government feels it is safe.

Press Release 

Nine people have been arrested in connection to the unauthorised concert that was held last night in Ddungu Resort, Munyonyo, Kampala Capital City. 

Those arrested include Nigerian artiste Stanley Omah Didia alias Omah Lay, artiste Temilade Openyi alias Tems, Muyiwa Awomiyi (Temilade’s manager), Benjamin Kabura (organiser), Ivan Ddungu, the manager of the place where the concert was held, and Prim Kasana, the event manager, who contracted Omah Lay to sing.

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Others are police officers L/AIP Fabiano Juma, No.51328 PC John Bosco Ocaba and No.67898 PC Paul Odongo. 

All suspects are being held on offence of doing acts that are likely to cause the spread of infectious disease, which is Coronavirus. 

It is also alleged that the suspects and others still at large held a concert in violation of the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. 

It is alleged that the organizers of the concert first held lunch and dinner events, but later on, at night they started inviting artistes to perform.

Preliminary investigations indicate that they connived with area police officers, who guarded the illegal event. The arrested officers and three others still at large are also being investigated for disobeying lawful orders. 

All the suspects are detained at Katwe Police Station in Kampala as their files are being processed so that they can appear in court.

After the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country, the Ministry of Health issued guidelines suspending concerts attended by revellers to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

The guidelines still stand. 

We condemn the acts of some selfish individuals, who are bent on violating the directives on COVID-19 with the purpose of making money while risking the lives of many Ugandans.

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We appeal to members of the public to adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

SP Patrick Onyango 




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