Nollywood actor, Mr. Babatunde Omidina (a.k.a. Baba Suwe), has dragged the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) before a Lagos High Court in Ikeja, following his continued detention by the agency over an alleged suspicion of drug trafficking.
In a suit No ID/745/2011 for the enforcement of fundamental human rights filed yesterday by his lawyer, Mr. Kunle Adegoke, the actor is demanding N100m as damages from the NDLEA for arresting and illegally detaining him from October 13, 2011 till date on the suspicion that he had ingested substances suspected to be cocaine.
The actor is also demanding a public apology from the anti-drug agency, saying that the apology should be published in conspicuous pages of two widely read national newspapers in Nigeria.
The plaintiff is also asking the court to hold that his continued detention by the NDLEA is illegal and gross violation of his fundamental rights as guaranteed under Sections 34 and 35 of the 1999 Constitution, and to declare that his continued incarceration is contrary to the provisions of Articles 4, 5 and 6 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
The plaintiff also wants the court to order his immediate release from unlawful detention from the cells of the NDLEA. No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.