Temilade Openiyi, who goes by the stage name, TEMS, has clearly brushed off her ugly experience in Uganda, as she says the experience was an eye-opening one for her. She said her arrest in Uganda for allegedly breaking the country’s COVID-19 rules, which was an arrest that generated a lot of condemnation around the world, has given her newfound compassion and desire to be more involved in making life easier for people (Women and children), no matter the circumstances.
TEMS who broke her silence on her brief prison experience, after being arrested by the Police in Uganda, alongside two other Nigerians for allegedly engaging in activities that can spread COVID-19 in the country, thanked her fans around the world, especially her Rebel Gang members for their support.
TEMS in her statement, also shocked fans with her reaction to the arrest in Uganda. She refused to condemn the show organizers in Uganda, and also Police in Uganda for her arrest, which was what many of her fans was expecting her to do. But she instead, took a diplomatic approach with her narration of the events that almost got her jailed for 7-years in Uganda.
She thanked the Nigerian authorities, as well as the Government of Uganda for making sure that her fellow compatriots and herself returned home safe.
In a long statement she posted on her official social media handle, she explained what happened in Uganda, saying:
“On Saturday 12th December 2020, I was scheduled to perform with Omah Lay at the Big Brunch Afrobeats Edition organised by Kansas event in Kampala Uganda. When we arrived we were met with such warm reception including Press Events promoting the event.
This promotion alongside the safety terms outlined in the performance agreement and the presence of authorities at the event assured us that necessary approvals had been fully met by the organisers to ensure a safe and compliant event in Kampala.
I’m truly saddened that attendees could have possibly been exposed to COVID-19. I would have never participated had I even the slightest knowledge that the event would not meet standard operating procedure and put Uganda’s citizens at risk.
The seriousness of COVID-19 requires responsibility from everyone as a world citizen a responsibility I take very seriously.
I am thankful to the Nigerian and Uganda government and everyone behind the scenes who played a part in resolving this matter. I want to especially appreciate Rebel Gang, honestly, you all keep surprising me with the consistent love you show me. The number of supportive tweets, posts, and messages are overwhelming. Thank you all for having my back and yes, I HAVE EATEN. To my amazing fans in Uganda, I absolutely love you! Thank you so much for all your love and support, it has really touched my heart. I hope we can meet again in future,” she added.
The singer narrated her experience in prison, and what that has taught her as a human being, especially, as a female. She said:
“This past week has been difficult but extremely eye-opening for me. I know some may have been worried but despite everything this experience has helped me see things for myself. While I was being detained, I met some amazing women and children and my eyes were opened to the strife and hurt a lot of women are going through.
I am so blessed to have experienced that strength and bravery that these women possess to keep them going. I have newfound compassion and desire to be more involved in making life easier for people such as these, no matter the circumstances.
Overall, I am extremely grateful for all the love, the enormous efforts and full-blown support. Honestly, words truly cannot describe how it feels to be back home.
Rebel Gang to the world
Tems,” she signed off.
Recall we reported here on Thursday 17th December 2020, that Omah Lay, one Muyiwa and TEMS herself, returned to Nigeria, after their ordeal in Uganda, where they have gone to perform to their fans.
The news of their arrival as we reported, was first reported by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission on their official Twitter handle on Thursday 17th December 2020.
According to the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, which posted photos of Stanley Omah Didia, Temilade Openiyi, and one Muyiwa Ayoniyi, stated that the trio landed into the country from Uganda via an Ethiopia Airline at about 12:35 pm on Thursday.
Omah Lay, TEMS and Muyiwa as we reported a few days ago, were arrested in Uganda for allegedly engaging in activities that can spread COVID-19. They were arrested after their show in Uganda by the Ugandan Police, and thereafter, charged to court for violating the COVID-19 rules in the country.
The charges were dropped after much pressure both from within Uganda and outside. The three Nigerians were thereafter transported to the Nigeria Mission in Uganda, before their arrival on Thursday.
The Ugandan Authorities had in a statement on Monday 14th December 2020, where they were giving an update on the case, stated that the Nigerians were charged in Makindye on charges of negligence which are likely to spread COVID-19, and violation of the panel code Act.
The statement reads:
“The Nigerian trio of Stanley Omah Didia alias Omah Lay, Temilade Openyi alias Tems and Muyiwa Awomiyi have been charged to court in Makindye on charges of Negligently doing acts likely to spread an infectious diseases C/S 171 of the Penal Code Act.
The earlier plans of releasing them on police bond, were suspended after their casefile was sanctioned by the Office of the DPP. They were jointly charged with four other Ugandans. All remanded till Wednesday 16.12.2020,” the statement added.