Nigerian music star, Omah Lay is reportedly under Ugandan police custody.
The “Godly” crooner was arrested under charges related to violating COVID-19 guidelines on entertainment.
Ivan Dungu, the manager of the venue which hosted Omah Lay’s concert, was also arrested.
This was confirmed by Assistance Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire on his Twitter account, saying, “Nigerian artiste Omah has been arrested by Katwe Police. The manager of the venue, Dungu Ivan and event promoter, Prima Kasana, are also in custody,” confirmed Owoyesigyire on Twitter.
Nigerian Artist Omah lay has been arrested by katwe police , the manager of the venue one Dungu Ivan and the Events manager Prim Kasana are also in custody .
More details to follow
— Owoyesigyire🇺🇬 (@Lukowoyesigyire) December 13, 2020
Here is the full statement from the Uganda Police Force:
Three people have been arrested in connection to the unauthorised concert that was held last night in Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo, Kampala City.
Those arrested are Ivan Ddungu, the manager of the place where the concert was held, Omah Lay the musician and Prim Kasana, Events Manager, who contracted Omah Lay to sing.
Police is also looking for the area Officer in Charge of Police Station for failure to detect the criminal acts that took place in his area of jurisdiction.
It is alleged that the organizers of the show disguised it as a lunch and dinner event, but later on at night they started inviting artistes to perform.
The suspects are detained at Katwe Police Station and are being charged with doing acts that are likely to cause the spread of infectious disease, which is corona virus.
On the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, the president directed that music concerts should be stopped and the directives still stands.
We condemn the act of some selfish individuals, who are bent on violating the directives on CONVID-19 to make money and risks the lives of many Ugandans.
We appeal to members of the public to adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19 and follow all the SOPs.
SP Patrick Onyango