Nollywood Actor Baba Suwe is expected to make his first public appearance on Tuesday since he was arrested and detained on Oct. 12, 2011 by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Baba Suwe, whose real name is Babatunde Omidina, was arrested by NDLEA officials at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on the suspicion that he had ingested substances suspected to be hard drugs.
Justice Yetunde Idowu of an Ikeja High Court had on Oct. 26, 2011 ordered the agency to produce Baba Suwe physically before the court at the next adjourned date.
The order was granted following an ex-parte motion filed by the actor’s counsel, Mr Bamidele Aturu.
Aturu had sought the unconditional release of the actor from NDLEA’s custody pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
“Baba Suwe’s detention is a violation of his fundamental human rights guaranteed by Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended,” he stated.
The lawyer also asked the NDLEA to show reasons why Baba Suwe should not be released unconditionally from detention.
Aturu noted that the actor was a public figure and that his fans were agitated about his health condition due to his continuous detention.
The actor had in suit ID/745/M filed before the court asked for N100 million compensation as damages suffered by him as a result of the arrest and detention.
The NDLEA lawyer, Mr Femi Oloruntoba, while objecting to the physical appearance of the actor, said that it would attract a crowd to the court which could disrupt proceedings.
In her ruling, Idowu, assured the counsel that measures would be put in place to ensure orderliness during proceedings.