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Baba Suwe to challenge court’s detention order

Lagos – Movie actor, Babatunde Omidina, aka Baba Suwe, is to challenge a Federal High Court order empowering the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to detain him further over alleged drug trafficking charges.

Justice Okechukwu Okeke of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday granted the NDLEA the permission to detain the actor for 15 more days.

The NDLEA arrested Omidina on Oct. 12 at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja  on the suspicion that he ingested substances suspected to be illicit drugs.

The actor’s lawyer, Mr Bamidele Aturu, in Lagos on Saturday said that he would on Monday initiate legal proceedings to vacate the order.

Aturu said: “As far as we are concerned, the order was obtained ex-parte.

“The order is longer than I expected; we will on Monday take steps to vacate the order.”

He claimed that the court granted the order following alleged misrepresentation of facts by the NDLEA.

“We believe that Baba Suwe’s life is at stake here. He is diabetic; his continued detention is injurious to his physical wellbeing,” Aturu added.

The NDLEA had, in an ex-parte application supported by a 29-paragraph affidavit, prayed the court to permit it to continue to detain the actor pending the conclusion of its investigation on him.

The affidavit was deposed to by an NDLEA intelligence officer, Femi Osifuye.

The report of a scan result issued by a consultant radiologist with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Dr Subhash Vijayvargiya, was attached to the affidavit. (NAN)


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