Thursday, 20 October 2011


Contrary to the much talked about uninvestigated cocaine saga of the renowned comic actor, Babatunde Omidiba popularly known as Baba Suwe, which is at the moment of this report undergoes exploration. The Association of National Theater Practitioners Lagos State chapter has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria, under the administration of His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and Lagos State Government, under governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, the state committee on human right, the House of Representatives committee of Human Rights and the National Human Rights Commission to step into the unpleasant issue and help secure the release of Alhaji Babatunde Omidina (Baba Suwe), from what they term illegal and unjustified detention of their colleague.

Speaking with journalists in Lagos, at Lagos Television, Agidingbin Ikeja Lagos, the out going president of ANTP, Prince Jide Kosoko, on his speech made it known to us that the allegation was a continual illegal and unjustified detention of one of their prominent members, Baba Suwe.
According to the report; it was a great sense of grief and sadness that we received the news of Baba Suwe’s arrest several days ago on the charges of ingesting hard drugs for the purpose of exporting it. But while we waited patiently for due process to take its course in line with internationally acceptance standards, it is surprising and quite unbelievable that after a week in the custody of NDLEA and after excreting about three times without purported hard drugs found, the authorities of NDLEA have refused to release him to go freely, as if the public humiliation he has been made to go through is not enough punishment for an innocent man.
However, the report revealed that the law of the federal republic if Nigeria deems an accused person innocent until found guilty by a court of law; but Alhaji Babatunde Omiina, even before any string of hard evidence are produced (and none have been produced till now) have been literarily tried and convicted through unethical procedure employed by NDLEA which had his photographs and stories about him all over the media both in the print and electronics.
The report also pointed that the aforementioned unethical procedures have not only brought untold humiliation, bad press and unprecedented public outcry against Baba Suwe; it has equally brought the industry and all theater practitioners into public odium as the script interpreters in Nigeria has now seen as a potential drug pushers.

Having said the above and with the fact that nothing incriminating has been found on him, the association is hereby demanding his immediate and unconditional release from the custody of NDLEA. There is no doubt in the fact aside the violation of his fundamental human right; his continued detention is already breaking down his fragile health.. “we are law abiding citizen of this great country, Nigeria and world acclaimed molders of public opinion; so it is wrong for NDLEA to follow due process but it has become obvious that NDLEA is bent on circumventing both the law and due process in unduly punishing an innocent man and bring further public odium on our most cherished industry. We are therefore calling on His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, President Federal Republic of Nigeria, Executive governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji, the State Committee of Human Rights, the House of Representatives Committee of Human Rights and the National Human Rights Commission to please step into this matter and help secure the release of Alahji Babatunde Omidina a.k.a Adimeru Baba Suwe, from his illegal and justified detention.” ANTP urges.
Contrary to these, making the rounds claimed that Baba Suwe was just a suspect and he has since been detained in the custody of NDLEA for over a eight days without any form of releasing him, but what if he was actually be arrest in France where he was actually spiting to before his waterloo, what will Nigerian government do to bail him?

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