Popular Yoruba comic act, Baba Suwe is currently in a critical state of health following the torture done on him by NDLEA. The veteran has now cried out for help through movie Producer and actor, Yomi Fabiyi.
Yomi Fabiyi in his post, published on instagram calls on the members of the public and his colleagues in Nollywood to help Baba Suwe because “the torture done on him by NDLEA is vastly damaging his health at an alarming rate.”
Below is what he wrote on instagram;
“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 reachout 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 uncivilised 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”
In 2011, Baba Suwe was arrested on the suspicion of carrying cocaine in his stomach by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at Murtala Mohammed Airport, but after investigations no drugs were found on him.
Baba Suwe sued NDLEA following his arrest, a Lagos High Court ordered NDLEA to pay the sum of N25 million as for unlawfully detaining the actor and also tender a public apology to him, both of which weren’t done.