Veteran actor and comedian, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, is dead.
His son, Adesola Omidina, disclosed this on his Instagram page on Monday.
“This is to announce the sudden death of my father Mr Babatunde Omiidina. The legend and rare gem ‘Babasuwe’ 11/22/21. Other details will follow shortly!
“May your soul rest in perfect peace Dad,” he posted.
The actor was on October 12, 2011, detained by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on suspicion of drug trafficking after a body scanner at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos identified suspected drugs in his stomach.
With the assistance of his lawyer, the late Bamidele Aturu, a human rights activist, the allegation was described as false and defamatory by the ruling of a Lagos High Court. His fans and supporters cheered him as he left the court building after the hearing.
Since these incidents, the actor has not been active for years due to his failing health, which many attribute to his incarceration by the NDLEA.
In April 2019, he was flown to the United States of America, where he went for treatment after having diabetes.
Rev Esther Ajayi supported the foreign medical treatment with a sum of N10 million.
Actor Yomi Fabiyi had on February 24, 2019, announced that the sum of N10 million donation was received from Rev. (Mrs.) Esther Ajayi through actor and producer, Gbenga Adewusi, aka Bayowa for the treatment of Baba Suwe in the US.
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had on February 21, 2019, donated the sum of one million naira to support the actor’s medical treatment. The donation was made through the Office of the Youth Organising Secretary, APC Lagos, Aregbe Idris.
SaharaReporters, New York