NDLEA Tells Court It Has Found Hard Drugs In Baba Suwe's Stomach
* Judge Grants Agency Fiat To Detain Baba Suwe For Two More Weeks
SAN FRANCISCO, October 21, (THEWILL) – A Federal High Court in Lagos has granted the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) leave to detain Nollywood actor and comic, Alhaji Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, for another two weeks following an application to the court on Friday.
The NDLEA had detained Baba Suwe at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on October 12, 2011 on suspicion that he ingested substances suspected to be hard drugs, while he attempted to board an Air France flight to Paris.
Justice Okechukwu Okeke in granting the NDLEA leave to continue to detain the actor had listened to arguments on an application by NDLEA’s counsel, Ms. Theresa Asuquo.
THEWILL gathered from sources in court that in a 29-paragraph affidavit deposed by the anti-drug agency which it also supported with a certified CT scan report performed by a Consultant Radiologist (CR) attached to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Dr Subhash Vijayvargiya, the agency maintained that Baba Suwe ingested a sizeable amount of drugs.
The NDLEA in its affidavit deposed to by one of its agents, Mr. Osifuye Femi Johnson, said Baba Suwe’s refusal to eat at least twice daily has made it impossible for him to excrete the suspected hard drugs in his body, saying that the actor has eaten just twice since his detention and supervised observation.
Osifuye added that after the actor relieved himself twice and did not eject the suspected illegal substances from his body, the agency took him to the Consultant Radiologist for an independent assessment at LASUTH which corroborated the agency’s earlier findings that the actor had indeed ingested hard drugs.
The NDLEA said based on the consultant’s confirmation of the drugs in Baba Suwe’s body, it needed more time to keep the actor as he would over time ease the drugs out of his body voluntarily. It maintained that the actor’s case was not an isolated one.
The Yoruba movie actor had Thursday through his lawyer sued the agency for N1 billion naira in damages following what he termed as unlawful detention and a breach of his fundamental human right.