Renowned Nollywood movie director, Yomi Fabiyi has called out the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, over an alleged damage done to veteran comic actor, Babatunde Omidina, aka Baba Suwe’s health.
Fabiyi accused the NDLEA of vastly damaging the actor’s health to an alarming state.
It would be recalled that in October 2011, Baba Suwe, was arrested by officials of the NDLEA at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, on the suspicion of ingestion of illicit drugs.
The NDLEA claimed that drugs, suspected to be cocaine, were discovered in the actor’s stomach as he passed through the scanning machine at the airport.
They, however, detained him for a couple of weeks without finding any drugs but released him afterwards.
Thereafter, the actor dragged the NDLEA to an Ikeja High Court and the court had ruled that the agency pay the sum of N25 million as damages for unlawfully detaining him and also tender a public apology to him.
In 2013, a Court of Appeal sitting in Igbosere, Lagos, suppressed the judgement of the high court, saying there was no evidence to attract such.
Over time, the actor was said to have allegedly developed complications due to the torture he was put through during interrogations while in detention.
Fabiyi is alleging that a long pipe was inserted through the actor’s anus while in detention, adding that the torture done on the actor by NDLEA is damaging his health at an alarming rate.
In an open letter, the movie producer said, “On BABA SUWE: I am calling on all SENIOR COLLEAGUES in the entertainment world especially those close to Baba Suwe cos I don’t have everyone’s contact to please reach out to him asap.
“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?”
“This is an A-List Entertainer and this conspiracy of silence gives me MENTAL AGONY on my part, I don’t want to speak when it may be too late, I won’t forgive myself.
“He told me when I visited him that he is innocent of the accusations and yet a LONG PIPE was inserted through his anus, he was detained for too long amongst other things just because he was randomly suspected like every normal person.
“In my opinion, only lazy, ill-trained, unfit and uncivilized officers torture in the name of investigation. 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 25million 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. Thank you. #JUSTICEFORBABASUWE #SAVEBABASUWE #SAYNOTOTORTURE.”