A Nollywood, Yomi Fabiyi has called on Nigerians, particular those in the entertainment industry to lend support to Baba Suwe who is traumatized after losing an appeal to receive a compensation fee of N25 million initially granted to him by the Lagos State High Court.
According to actor, Yomi Fabiyi who has been in close contact with the comedian whose real name is Babatunde Omidina is reportedly going through a deteriorating health following undue torture in the hands of the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in 2011.
High Court Justice Yetunde Idowu ordered the NDLEA to pay the sum to the veteran actor for detaining him for an inaccurate allegation of drug trafficking, but this decision was overturned by the Lagos State Court of Appeal.
Omidina, who is a widower has been left to suffer undue trauma as a result of the humiliating experiences he went through during the incident.
Fabiyi said: “I am calling on all senior colleagues in the entertainment world especially those close to Baba Suwe because I don’t have everyone’s contact to please reach out to him as soon as possible,” Fabiyi said in a statement according to the Daily Post News.
”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 uncivilized 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 25 million 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. Yomi Fabiyi”, the actor concluded.
Baba Suwe, who used to be a regular feature in Yoruba movies has seen his appearance limited since the 2011 incident.