He’s perhaps one of the best-known comics in Yoruba film circles. But if his ill health persists, it may not be so for much longer. Babatunde Omidina, known to millions of fans as Baba Suwe is currently in poor health and fears that if he doesn’t receive financial assistance from fans and colleagues in the industry, he may be dying slowly.
The news was first shared by his longterm associate, Yomi Fabiyi who posted videos of him speaking about his health challenges on an Ibadan based radio station. Incidentally, Fabiyi had first announced in 2016 of Baba Suwe’s failing health in 2016, a claim the actor strongly denied. Fabiyi would later release a transcript of their telephone conversation.
In 2019, Fabiyi says all is in the past now as Baba Suwe’s health is what’s important. “My only gain is for him to get help and survive this. May God forgive our misdeed. Let us leave the past where it belongs and that is in the past. Without going into details, his present condition is getting critical to the previous state when I first raised alarm. I am again putting my all before the world to please help him. Time is of the essence.
People around him are really trying but trust me on this, the situation is bigger now. He needs urgent comprehensive medical treatment,” he wrote.
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We owe each other the DUTY of CARE, solicited or unsolicited. Baba Suwe is like a father to me and of course he is a father to me in the movie industry. He accepted me into the movie industry, fed me, accomodated me, gave me a platform. It is not in my habit to turn my back against my helper or true friends especially at their lowest ebb except in extreme cases. I will always be called to COURT of CONSCIENCE or face natural justice if I act like an ingrate and turn my back when he needs me most. More reason I cannot just keep quiet again. My only gain is for him to get help and survive this. May God forgive our misdeed. Let us leave the past where it belong and that is in the past. Without going into details, his present condition is getting critical to the previous state when I first raised alarm. I am again putting my all before the world to please help him. Time is of the essence. People around him are really trying but trust me on this, the situation is bigger now. He need urgent comprehensive medical treatment. Among other things, he wants NDLEA to tender an unreserved apology for the ill-treatment and torture metted against him while in their custody even if they will not pay the damages awarded by the High Court which the appeal court upturned. We are not after anyone in NDLEA or the idea that established the organisation, but the consequences of this injustice, Human Rights abuses and humiliation are starring at all of us now in the face and MUST NEVER GO UNPUNISH. CALLING ON KIND HEARTED NIGERIANS, Please help the icon and living legend. He doesnt deserve to die this way. Many thanks in advance. Yomi Fabiyi. 18/02/2019. @amnesty @unitednationshumanrights @lindaikejiblog @officiallindaikeji @breakthesilence_nigeria @goldmynetv @iam_emoney1 @mrlatin1510 @femiadebayosalami @odunomoadekola @realmercyaigbe @iyaboojofespris @segunarinze @yinkaquadrifilms
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Baba Suwe was arrested and detained by the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency in 2011 for alleged drug trafficking. He was detained for twenty-four days while NDLEA officers waited for him to excrete the suspected cocaine wraps he was accused of ingesting. However, Baba Suwe did not and was released on bail by the court. He later took the NDLEA to court, won and was awarded N25 million in compensation for the wrongful arrest. He has never received that money.
“The way they (NDLEA) treated me actually rubbished my image. My career has been dwindling. A lot of people that are supposed to be inviting me to take part in their movies abandoned me because of the incident. Even a lot of people that could have assisted me financially don’t want to associate with me again.” Baba Suwe told Encomium in 2016.