The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Monday denied rumours that ace actor, Babatunde Omidina, known as Baba Suwe, excreted wraps of cocaine or any other hard drugs under the observation of the Agency’s officials.
NDLEA’s spokesman, Mitchell Ofoyeju, told BusinessDay that it was untrue that the actor who had been in detention had on Monday excreted cocaine.
According to him, ‘the story is untrue, there is nothing new, he is still under observation”. Sunday evening, it was rumoured and widely reported in some social media that the actor had excreted 16 pellets of cocaine at the NDLEA’s custody.
Meanwhile, the NDLEA may have got a Federal High court injunction to detain him for another 15 days after he had spent two weeks in the custody.
The Agency may have gone to court over claims and counter claims that the scanning machined used on him was faulty.
It was however gathered that the Agency told the court that the scanning machine used on the actor at the Murtala Mohammed International airport was not defective.
BusinessDay also gathered that Baba Suwe was taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the scanning machine allegedly confirmed him positive.
Suwe was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on October 12 after going through a body scanner before catching an Air France flight to Paris. His lawyers are also planning to file a N1 billion suit against the NDLEA over his arrest and detention.
Meanwhile, the ace c funnyman has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, to set aside the order it granted Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, weekend, to hold on to him for the next 15 days.
Baba Suwe is contending that NDLEA concealed material facts relating to his health and circumstances of his arrest and detention from the court while procuring the order.
According to him, the order obtained by the anti-drug agency was grossly irregular and constitutes an incurable abuse of court processes, adding that the application for the order obtained by NDLEA was contrary to public policy and constitutes wanton violation of his (Baba Suwe’s) fundamental rights.
It will be recalled that trial judge in the matter, Justice Okechukwu Okeke, had following an exparte application by NDLEA, granted it powers to keep Baba Suwe in custody for 15 more days.
NDLEA had deposed to an affidavit in support of the motion, which was also accompanied by a CT scan result issued by a consultant radiologist with Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Dr. Subhash Vijayvargiya.
According to the affidavit, the CT scan result confirmed Baba Suwe has large amount of narcotic drug in his body.
Baba Suwe was arrested on October 12 while trying to board an Air France plane to Paris on suspicion that the scanning machine at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, indicated that he had ingested substances suspected to be a hard drug.
NDLEA had insisted that Baba Suwe still has hard drug in his stomach, which he is bound to excrete it with time, adding that his case was not an isolated one as it takes some suspects a longer time to excrete than others, hence the need to further keep him in custody and that it will take the comedian five to seven days to complete excreting the whole drug in his stomach.
Sources: This Day and Vanguard