Justice Yetunde Idowu of an Ikeja High court, this morning, ordered the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to release Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, on bail by Friday 4 November, 2011, if he fails to excrete the suspected narcotic substance he allegedly concealed in his stomach. The judge made the order while ruling on the application filed by Omidina’s lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.
After listening to the arguments of counsel from both sides, Justice Idowu noted that the NDLEA should have released Omidina immediately but for a Federal High Court order which empowered the agency to hold him till Friday.
“The only thing hindering me from releasing the applicant today is because of the Federal High Court order of 20 October. I don’t want to meddle with that order. But if he (applicant) does not excrete the suspected substance he is accused of harbouring in his stomach by Friday, NDLEA should release him on bail,” she said.
She set the bail on Baba Suwe for N500,000 with two sureties in like sum, and further ordered that his international passport be deposited with the High Court Chief Registrar.
Before she pronounced the order, Baba Suwe told the court that he was in good spirits.
“I’m in good spirits. I am not harrassed. I eat three times daily,” he said.
Amongst the artistes that arrived the court premises before the judgement was passed included Adewale Elesho, Kayode Olaseinde a.k.a. Ajirebi, Sokoti, Remmy Shitta-Bay, Alhaji Ade Ade, Opebe, Alhaji Abdullahi Abdul Rasak, Chairman, Corporate Pictures, Soji Taiwo, a.k.a. Omo Banke, Tajudeen Gbadamosi and Alade Adesina.