The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),yesterday approached the Court of Appeal in Lagos for a stay of execution on the payment of N25 million as compensation to a popular comedian, Babatunde Omidina, also known as Baba Suwe.
A Lagos High Court, presided over by Justice Yetunde Idowu, had on November 24, 2011, ordered the agency to pay Baba Suwe the said amount as compensation for detaining him for nine days, and to publish a public apology to him in two widely read newspapers.
Director of Prosecution and Legal Services of the anti-drug agency, Mr. Femi Oloruntoba submitted that the agency had shown exceptional or special circumstances upon which the Appeal Court would exercise its discretion in granting the application.
Dissatisfied with the judgement of the court, the NDLEA, on December 6, 2011, filed a motion for stay of execution.
The lower court, in a considered ruling on March 2, 2012, refused the application on the ground that the applicant was granted a conditional stay of execution pending the determination of the appeal. It added that the sum of N25million be paid to the chief registrar of the Lagos State High Court, which will in turn pay the said amount into an account in any reputable bank agreed by both parties.