Omah Lay Releases Statement after Arrest, Says he was Treated Like a Common Thief


Nigerian musician Omah Lay has broken his silence ever since his arrest in Uganda, claiming he was treated like a common thief in the East African country. The Port Harcourt-bred artiste was reportedly arrested for flouting Covid-19 guidelines after a live concert in the country.

Omah Lay Releases Statement after Arrest, Says he was Treated Like a Common Thief

He was not the only one, fellow Nigerian artiste, Tems was also arrested alongside her manager.

Omah Lay has since spoken for the first time since the arrest, and in a series of tweets late Thursday, he revealed Ugandan authorities treated him as a common thief. He also used the opportunity to narrate his ugly experience in the East African country.

“The past few days have been some of the toughest of my life that I wouldn’t wish them on anyone. Out in a new country with some beautiful people, the next thing I’m being treated like a common thief,” he tweeted.


“First off I want to thank all the amazing fans that came out to see me in Uganda, the smiles on your happy faces that evening would be one of my happiest memories.”

“Also I wanna clarify that putting you in harms way was never my intention! Before we came out to Uganda, the show promoters confirmed and proved to us they’d secured all the clearances which of course included Covid 19 compliance.”

“At that point, my sole obligation became to make myself available to be taken to the venue and entertain, which I did in the full glance and protection of the Ugandan police.”

“Secondly, to my mom, my family, my team, my fans, friends that I caused sleepless nights waiting and praying for me, I apologize for putting you through all that;”

“Big shout out to the musicians, the celebrities, fans (Again and again), my family, my friends, my Label, The Nigerian Mission in Uganda, The Presidency, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Madam Abike. Thank you all so much!”

Both Omah Lay and Tems have returned to the country. Omah Lay has had a stunning year so far, releasing two EPs as well as being labelled as the Next Rated Artiste by many.


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