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NDLEA Yet To Pay Me My N25m Compensation – Baba Suwe

Valentine Chinyem



Nollywood Actor, Babatunde Omidina, otherwise by his stage name, Baba Suwe, has said he is yet to receive the N25 million compensation, which the Lagos High Court ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to pay him.

The veteran actor, while speaking in an interview with Punch Newspaper, disclosed that the death of Bamidele Aturu, his lawyer, stalled the case with the agency.

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.”

It will be recalled that in 2011, the actor was arrested by the NDLEA at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, on the grounds that the body scanner revealed he ingested substance suspected to be drugs. Baba Suwe was however detained on drugs trafficking charges for three weeks but with no drugs found on him after several tests to make him egest it, he was released.

Baba Suwe also revealed to the newspaper, that he has finished working on a movie, titled, “Oya’gbe ti,” and would be released to the market soon.