Nigerian actor and veteran comedian Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, is taking his lemons and making lemonade. The Yoruba star is set to squeeze out a movie deal from his recent ordeal in the hands of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency operatives earlier this year.
Baba Suwe has described the incident that saw him spend weeks in illegal detention at the behest of NDLEA officers as one of the most trying times in his life, leaving him confused and devastated.
The comedian had been travelling to France to celebrate a child dedication with a friend, when he was nabbed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The anti-drug trafficking agency said a body scan had shown what they suspect to be drugs in Baba Suwe’s system. The agents held him for weeks, illegally detaining the Nollywood veteran until he gave up the contents of his stomach.
Several weeks and bowel movements later, Suwe was released and a Lagos High Court ordered the NDLEA to pay N25 million in damages to the star.
The experience is still harrowing for the actor who said: “This is not something I prayed for, even for my enemies. It is something I hate talking about but I thank God for absolving me of the alleged act.”
While he confirms his plans to translate the hard facts to fiction, he is not set on the timing.
“There is a film I am working on right now but whether I plan to do a movie on that matter, I will say yes. Maybe in the future though many people have contacted me to do a movie but I am still taking my time and God’s willing, I shall visit that matter as soon as I can get myself together.”