Veteran Yoruba actor, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, has revealed that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has not paid him the N25 million, which the Lagos High Court had ordered to be paid as compensation. Baba Suwe in an interview with a media outlet disclosed that since the death of his lawyer. Bamidele Aturu, the case has “practically been forgotten”.
In 2011, the actor was arrested by NDLEA at Murtala Mohammed International Airport over the suspicion that he was trafficking drugs. Upon his arrest, he was in the custody of the NDLEA for three weeks, and after several searches, no drugs was found.
In the interview, Baba Suwe said “I have never gotten a kobo from them. The case has practically been forgotten after my lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, died. Aturu was determined to see the case to a conclusion. When he first took on the case, he called me aside and asked me to confess to him if I really committed the crime. But I affirmed my innocence to him and he believed me. The people close to me knew that I was innocent. I had never seen cocaine until I got to NDLEA office.
My job as an actor was enough to take care of all my needs, and I didn’t need anything else. Through my job as an actor, I have been blessed by God and I am well loved and respected. If there was a juju priest that could do that, I’m sure the person would be a millionaire by now.
What could I have used that made them not find anything in me? After all, they apprehend people every time. I have always stuck to what I know how to do best. It really affected my career and that is to be expected. Till this day, a lot of people still believe I ‘trafficked’ cocaine. Meanwhile, I am totally innocent of the allegations.” Baba Suwe also revealed that he has made a movie out of the ordeal and he plans on releasing the movie soon. According to him, the movie will be titled “Oya’gbe ti.”