`Baba Suwe' To Sue NDLEA for N1billion
Huhuonline.com has unveiled plans by foremost Yoruba movie actor, Babatunde Omidina, aka `Baba Suwe' to slam a N1 billion suit against the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) over his recent arrest and continued detention for
allegedly trying to transport cocaine to Paris.
Baba Suwe, who was arrested by NDLEA officials on October 12 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, following allegations he had ingested substances suspected to be cocaine has decided to sue the anti-drug agency due to lack of substantial evidence and having defecated thrice, under close observation.
According to Huhuonline.com sources, his lawyer, Mohammed Bashir, on Wednesday disclosed that a fundamental rights enforcement suit would be filed on Baba Suwe's behalf within the next five days, adding that NDLEA officials have prevented close associates of the 53-year-old actor from seeing him since his arrest.
'We will be filing the suit before a Federal High Court in Lagos between now and Monday. We will be asking for N1 billion as compensation for damages suffered by him due to his illegal arrest and detention, as well as the embarrassment and defamation done to his reputation as a result of the incident.'
'I have visited the place twice since he was detained but was turned back and prevented from seeing my client. This denial of access to my client is another violation of his fundamental human rights.'
Meanwhile, following the extensive media blitz which has followed his incarceration over allegations of drug ingestion, an Abuja-based media outfit, Image Merchant Promotion, is offering the artiste the sum of one million naira for an exclusive right to his story that is referred to as 'Expensive Shit of Baba Suwe'.
After excreting three times in seven days under strict surveillance and without any trace of hard drug in the excreta of a popular Nigerian comedian, Babatunde Omidina, a.k.a Baba Suwe, the Chief Executive of another organization which also publishes the Economic Confidential magazine, Hajia Sikrat Yushau said the gesture is to provide detailed information on the experience and trauma the comedian went through during the saga.
The media outfit noted that the controversy over the case of the artiste was very important to the public as his continued detention has generated a lot of debate in both the Economic and Entertainment sector.
Hajia Sikrat said: 'Not minding other interests by legal practitioners to represent Baba Suwe in suing the government and the anti-narcotics agency over his ordeal, in the event that he is innocent, we strongly believe that such information from publishers of factual publication like ours could interest the members of the public.
'The offer was not in any way to support drug trafficking but in solidarity with the comedian for his travails and unnecessary detention for many days without taking him to court.'
The comedian has been in the custody of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) since Wednesday last week after his arrest at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on his way to Paris, France on the suspicion of ingesting narcotics. The suspicion had arisen from signals of scanners used by operatives of the NDLEA at the airport.