The National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has denied torturing Babatunde Omidina, an actor popularly known as Baba Suwe.
The Yoruba indigenous actor was in 2011 detained and questioned by the agency for allegedly being in possession of hard drugs.
Yomi Fabiyi, a Yoruba actor, had on Wednesday alleged that Baba Suwe’s health had progressively worsened as a result of his treatment at the hands of NDLEA officials.
He noted that a pipe was inserted into Baba Suwe’s anus during his detention by the NDLEA, and as such, walking has become difficult for him.
“He told me that he could no longer feel comfortable since that episode. Baba Suwe can hardly walk properly as I speak, let alone go to film. How will he feed and take care of the children that Aunty Moladun left behind?
“He told me when I visited him that he was innocent and a long pipe was inserted in his anus. He was detained for too long, among other things, just because he was randomly suspected like every normal person.
“Torture is criminal and sinful. If this accusation is found to be true by independent investigators, it shouldn’t go unpunished,” Fabiyi had said.
Punch however, reports that Mitchell Ofoyeju, head of public affairs, NDLEA, has deniedthe actor’s claims.
“The NDLEA did not torture Baba Suwe. If he was tortured, he would have said it himself. This is just an unfounded rumour on the social media and it should be disregarded”, Ofoyeju was quoted to have said.
“As a matter of fact, Baba Suwe was given the best treatment. We treated him with due regard to the requirement of fundamental human rights globally. He was talking to his relatives and lawyer.
“He was never kept in a prison for the period that he stayed here because he was virtually under our observation”, said the NDLEA official.