Baba Suwe Yet To Receive His N25m From NDLEA One Year After Arrest
On October 13, 2012, Nigerian actor and movie producer Babatunde Omidina better known as Baba Suwe was taken into custody and detained by officers of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency under the assumption that he was in possession of hard drugs believed to be cocaine. Baba Suwe was arrested at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, on his way to Paris, France to attend a naming ceremony of an Air France staff scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2011. He was supposed to be the master of ceremony at the event.
According to the agency’s head of public affairs, the actor had tested positive to drug ingestion and was immediately placed under observation. And so the days kept rolling by; attracting local and international media to the Baba Suwe-NDLEA case as the agency and whole world waited for the actor to excrete the alleged drugs he had ingested. On November 1, the actor was granted bail in sum of N500,000 and became a free man again on the November 4.
With the help of his counsel Bamidele Aturu, the actor dragged the NDLEA to court, suing for N100m damages for the unlawful detention which led to public humiliation.
Justice Idowu on November 24 ordered the NDLEA to pay a sum of N25M.
It’s one year later but Baba Suwe is yet to receive a dime from the settlement. After a series of appeals and counter appeals, both parties are still in court. Meanwhile the actor has taken advantage of the scenario and is reported to be shooting a movie over the whole ordeal.