Baba Suwe 25m suit shifts to Court of Appeal,Judge Promises Acclerated Hearing

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The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division has granted an accelerated hearing of the appeal filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) against the decision of Honourable Justice Yetunde Idowu of the High Court of Lagos awarding N25 Million in favour of ace Comedian Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe. The Court of Appeal held that rather than hear or take the Application for stay of execution filed by the Agency, it was more disposed to granting an accelerated hearing of the appeal.

The court then adjourned to the 18th of October for the hearing of the substantive appeal.

Also, the Court of Appeal granted the application filed by counsel to the comedian, Bamidele Aturu for extension of time within which to file his Respondent brief.

Upon grant of the application, the court ordered the Appellant, the NDLEA, to file its reply brief on points of law within 14 days.

It will be recalled that Baba Suwe was arrested by operatives of the NDLEA at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on the 12th of October 2011 on the suspicion that he had ingested narcotics or hard drugs.

He was confined for a period of 23 days without any evidence that he ingested any narcotic or banned substance as he did not excrete any such.

Based on this, he approached the High Court of Lagos State by way of application for the enforcement of his fundamental rights claiming in the main that his arrest and detention on suspicion of drug trafficking without trial were unlawful and unconstitutional. He also asked the court to order the NDLEA to apologise to him in three National newspapers.

With today proceedings, the battle to collect the N25m awarded to him by the Lagos High Court has now shifted to the Court of Appeal.

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