Nollywood actor, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, has denied the story making rounds in the entertainment sector that he is critically ill.
Earlier in the week, Nollywood actor and producer, Yomi Fabiyi, had cried out on social media that his colleagues should come to Baba Suwe’s aid, saying the veteran actor had developed health issues as a result of his ordeal in the hands of the agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency about five years ago.
Fabiyi’s post read, “I am calling on all seniors in the entertainment world especially those close to Baba Suwe because I don’t have everyone’s contact to please reach out to him as soon as possible. The torture done to him by the NDLEA is vastly damaging his health at an alarming rate. He told me he no longer feels comfortable since that episode. Baba Suwe is a widower, he can hardly walk properly as I speak, let alone film. How will he feed and take care of the children Aunty Moladun left behind?
“This is an A-list entertainer and this conspiracy of silence gives me mental agony on my part, I don’t want to speak when it may be too late, I won’t forgive myself. He told me when I visited him that he is innocent of the accusations and yet a long pipe was inserted through his anus. He was detained for too long amongst other things just because he was randomly suspected like every normal person. In my opinion, only lazy, ill-trained, unfit and uncivilised officers torture in the name of investigation. Torture is criminal and sinful. If this accusation is found to be true by independent investigators, it shouldn’t go unpunished. No malice is intended against NDLEA with this outcry, I just hope the leadership see this as a clarion call for getting it right and save the agency from sending an innocent person to an early grave whereby leaving his children to suffer unjustly. Thank you.”
Surprisingly, when Saturday Beats reached out to the veteran actor on the phone, he sounded hale and hearty.
“As you can hear from the sound of my voice, I am doing very well. I am hale and hearty. My health is perfectly fine, I don’t want anybody to worry about me, a lot of people have been calling me about the issue all day,” he said.
The comic actor further thanked Nigerians for their concern over him and promised to keep planting smiles on their faces through his works.