Baba Suwe Blames His Health Issues On NDLEA Torture
Baba Suwe's arrest by the NDLEA remains arguably one of the biggest scandals ever from the Yoruba movie industry and one that has changed his life since then.
Although he was later released with no proof of peddling drugs, he was denied the 25 million Naira compensation for falsely being accused of drug trafficking.
But asides losing an appeal to receive a compensation fee initially granted to him by the Lagos State High Court, the comedian's health has deteriorated.
Fellow actor and close friend, Yomi Fabiyi says his health condition is as a result of undue torture in the hands of the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in 2011.
Yomi Fabiyi is now seeking support for Baba Suwe, whose real name is Babatunde Omidina.
"High Justice Yetunde Idowu ordered the NDLEA to pay the sum to the actor for detaining him for an inaccurate allegation of drug trafficking, but this decision was overturned by the Lagos State Court of Appeal.
“I am calling on all senior colleagues in the entertainment world especially those close to Baba Suwe because I don’t have everyone’s contact to please reach out to him as soon as possible,
”The torture done on him by NDLEA is vastly damaging his health at an alarming rate.
"He told me he no longer feel comfortable since that episode. Baba Suwe is a widower, he can hardly walk properly as I speak, let alone go to film.
”How will he feed and take care of the children Aunty Moladun left behind?
"Torture is criminal and sinful. If this accusation is found to be true by independent investigators, it shouldn’t go unpunished.
”The court asked NDLEA to pay him 25 million for damages which is yet to be obeyed but to me an open apology will placate him and illustrate some dignified and civil approach from a government agency that made him go through all that without coming up with a single proof after that prolonged detention and drama.
”He who assert must prove! NDLEA needs to restore public confidence by doing the needful on this matter. And until individuals and government agency begin to respect fundamental human right and enhance duty of care, the essence of Nigeria’s freedom is far from been realistic.
”No malice is intended against NDLEA with this outcry, I just hope the leadership see this as a clarion call for getting it right and save the agency from sending an innocent person to an early grave whereby leaving his children to suffer unjustly. My humble take” Fabiyi said in a statement.
Baba Suwe, who used to be a regular feature in Yoruba movies has seen his appearance limited since the 2011 incident.