About two years ago, Nollywood Yoruba actor, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, got on the wrong side of the law for allegedly trying to traffic cocaine. He was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, on his way to France. Baba Suwe was detained for weeks so as to excrete the cocaine allegedly found on him, but details have been sketchy concerning the conclusion of the matter. Several weeks after that, he won a case against the NDLEA, and was awarded several millions of naira as compensation by the court of law. Baba Suwe in a recent interview alleged that he never collected the money from the compensation. He also revealed that his career fortunes dwindled after the cocaine affair, as many producers did not want to work with him anymore. Hear him:
“I have not collected any compensation money from NDLEA yet. The most painful thing is that I was wrongly accused.Had it been, I actually committed the crime, I won’t mind, but they just punished me for nothing. I was in NDLEA custody for almost three weeks, and nothing was found on me. No matter the kind of juju one may have, I don’t think there is anybody that can conceal cocaine for even two days.
Even researches had shown that no one can harbour the substance in the body for two days. It will burst inside the person’s stomach, which can lead to death. And I believe after all their investigations, they should have released me so I could continue with my career. But the whole situation, the way they treated me actually rubbished my image. My career has been dwindling. A lot of people that are suppose to be inviting me to take part in their movies abandoned me because of the incident. Even a lot of people that could have assisted me financially don’t want to associate with me again. People within and outside the industry have deserted me on account of the allegation. They still doubt me despite my victory in court. I have sung praises of some people in some of my movies, and I always appreciate whatever they give me. This makes a lot of people close to me. For instance, I was close to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu before and he was very nice to me.
He had done a lot for me but now, it’s very difficult for me to be close to him . He is even not comfortable seeing me around him again because of the allegation. I don’t enjoy people’s love and admiration like before because people still believe that it was true.“