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Sejusa Blasts Uganda Police For Arresting Nigerian Artists

The controversial former National Coordinator of Intelligence Agencies, General David Sejusa has blasted Uganda Police for the arrest of two Nigerian artists for holding a music concert over the weekend in total disregard of the Standard Operating Procedures put in place to contain spread of COVID-19 in Uganda.

His attack was in response to a communication made by Police that the Nigerian trio: Stanley Omah Didia alias Omah Lay, Temilade Openyi alias Tems and Muyiwa Awomiyi had been arrested and charged in Chief Magistrates Court Makindye on charges of negligently doing acts likely to spread an infectious diseases C/S 171 of the Penal Code Act.

Police added that earlier plans of releasing the trio on police bond, had been suspended after their case file was sanctioned by the Office of the DPP. The Nigerian artists were jointly charged with four other Ugandans and the seven were all remanded to Kitalya Priosn till 16th December 2020 pending hearing of their bail application.

However, the development infuriated Sejusa who blasted Police for sleeping on their job and using the arrest of the artists as a scapegoat to hoodwink Ugandans into thinking they are trying to enforce the COVID-19 SOPs.

He said, “Don’t be funny! Release our Nigeria compatriots and let them go home. They don’t run your system, do they? Arrest your people. Start with the Airport intelligence staff, your DPCS& Station Chiefs. Go up, arrest your BIG MEN and their corroborators. If you can’t, then shut up!”

Sejusa who before his fallout with President Yoweri Museveni, was in charge of intelligence agencies like Chief Military Intelligence (CMI), Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and External Military Organisation (ESO) made the scathing attack on his twitter handle.

The arrest of the trio was met with criticism in public, with Presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi also weighing into the matter, writing, “Truth is OmahLay’s arrest isn’t about COVID. No! It’s an act of shame by a corrupt regime that operates on double standards. He obtained a work permit & performed under police protection! Why arrest him? This as pro-Museveni artists stage street concerts unmolested!”

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