It’s been a long tike since we’ve last seen Baba Suwe on screen, (and I’m not talking about ya’ll born in the 2000s – few years ago).
Veteran actor, Babatunde Omidina popularly known as “Baba Suwe” is set to come out of Hibernation, and release a new movie titled “Oya’gbe ti”. This movie as said by him, is based on his painful ordeal with NDLEA – Nigeria Drug and Law Enforcement Agency.
If you were a grown up or teen by 2011, you should be aware that Baba Suwe at that time was arrested at Murtala Muhammad Airport by officials of NDLEA, on the basis that he carried drugs while on his way out of the country. His detention lasted three weeks, but till now, no drug has been found in his stomach.
At that time, a Lagos High Court ordered that NDLEA pays a fine of N25million to the actor, coupled with a public apology, but till now Baba Suwe claims that none of the rulings were followed (Which leaves us to ask if NDLEA and other gov’t agencies are above the law)
While talking about releasing a movie based on his, he also took time to clarify issues about his illness in 2016.
Yomi Fabiyi had raised alarm about his ill health then, with the claims of a very lethal sickness, but according to Baba Suwe “I don’t know why he did that, he is my son. Everyone can fall ill, but our prayer is that God does not visit us with an illness we cannot handle. Yes, I was sick, but it’s not as bad as he painted it. As you can see, I’m now fine”.
“I am diabetic, so, my blood sugar level flunctuates. There was a time I couldn’t talk, but soon, everyone will see me in another dimension in a movie”
When asked if the detention by NDLEA contributed to his illness, he had these to say;
“Yes, it did. I believe I was framed for this. That is not my first time of travelling out of the country and I have never been arrested for something like that. I was taken here and there to big hospitals and labs, but nothing was found on me. The Jugde asked that they let me go if nothing was found on me.”
“When I was taken to court, I saw a lot of people come witness the case. You would think they were coming to see a movie, I couldn’t bear it at some point, and I broke down in tears. I was made to sleep on a bench through out my detention at the airport. I was fed thrice a day and was made to use the toilet so frequently. There were even time that my stomach was flushed with water, but nothing was still found”
He was asked if he would make a movie as per the ordeal and all he said was “Yes, I will. It will be out soon, and title is ‘Oya’gbe ti”.