By Patricia Uyeh
Legendary Nollywood actor, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe has disclosed that he would be releasing a movie soon based on his ordeal with National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) officals.
It would be recalled that in 2011, the NDLEA officials arrested the actor at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport for allegedly carrying cocaine in his stomach. Then, a Lagos High Court ordered NDLEA to pay the sum of N25 million as for unlawfully detaining him and also tender a public apology to him, both of which wasn’t done till date, according to the actor.
Baba Suwe, in a recent interview, said that he would be releasing a movie soon on his ordeal. He also opened up about falling ill, childhood, his acting career and more.
Speaking on whether his detention by the NDLEA officials contributed to his illness, Baba Suwe said:
“Yes, it did. I believe I was framed up in that particular case. That wasn’t my first time of travelling out of the country and I had never been arrested for something like that. They took me to a lot of big hospitals and laboratories but nothing was found in me. The judge who handled the case later told the NDLEA that if they did not retrieve any illegal substance from me, they should let me go.
“On the day I was arraigned in court, the crowd that came to witness it was so massive; you would have thought they came to see a movie. At a point, I couldn’t bear it anymore and I shed tears. I was made to sleep on a bench in an office at the airport throughout the time I was in NDLEA’s custody. I usually ate three times in a day and I excreted more than 30 times while I was there; yet they couldn’t find anything. I was even taken to a place where they flushed my insides with water and they still came up with nothing.”
He added that he is considering making a movie on his ordeal, saying : “Yes, it will be out soon. The title will be, ‘Oya’gbe ti”