The National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency has denied subjecting
popular actor, Babatunde Omidina, to physical torture during the period
he was incarcerated by the agency for allegedly being in possession of
interview with Punch on Thursday, reacted to an allegation by Nollywood
actor, Yomi Fabiyi, that Baba Suwe’s health had deteriorated due to
torture at the agency.
that Baba Suwe told him that he could no longer walk properly because a
pipe was inserted in his anus during the period that he was detained by
“He told me that he could no longer feel comfortable since that episode.
Baba Suwe can hardly walk properly as I speak, let alone go to film.
How will he feed and take care of the children that Aunty Moladun left
“He told me when I visited him that he was innocent and a
long pipe was inserted in his anus. He was detained for too long, among
other things, just because he was randomly suspected like every normal
“Torture is criminal and sinful. If this accusation is found
to be true by independent investigators, it shouldn’t go unpunished,” he
“The NDLEA did not torture Baba Suwe. If he was tortured, he would have
said it himself. This is just an unfounded rumour on the social media
and it should be disregarded.
“As a matter of fact, Baba Suwe was
given the best treatment. We treated him with due regard to the
requirement of fundamental human rights globally. He was talking to his
relatives and lawyer. He was never kept in a prison for the period that
he stayed here because he was virtually under our observation.”
order to pay Baba Suwe the sum of N25m in damages, the spokesman said
that the agency was not obliged to obey the order since a substantive
ruling by the Court of Appeal had directed it not to pay the actor.
“If Baba Suwe had gone to the Supreme Court, perhaps his case would have been upheld. But he did not do so,” Ofoyeju said.