Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has assured Nigerians that the Nigerian artistes, Omah Lay, Tems and Muyiwa Awoniyi will be home soon
Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head NiDCOM’s Media and Public Relations In a statement said, 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, however, 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 boss advised Nigerian youth travelling abroad to familiarise
themselves with the laws of the country and be good Ambassadors of the country.
She 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 participating.
“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.