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Sunday, 17 February 2013
Baba Suwe vs NDLEA, Counsels to open argument April 18
The Court of Appeal in Lagos has fixed April 18, 2013 for the hearing of the appeal filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, challenging the N25 million damages awarded to Yoruba actor, Babatunde Omidina aka Baba Suwe.
Justice Yetunde Idowu of an Ikeja High Court, had on November 24, 2011, ordered the agency to pay the fine for unlawful detention of the respondent on suspicion of drug ingestion.
It also ordered the agency to apologise to the actor publicly, in pages of two national dailies.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the appellate adjourned hearing because the presiding Judge Chima Nweze, said that the suit was wrongly listed for motion, instead of arguments.
Nweze said that in view of the error, the case was, therefore, adjourned to April 18 for definite hearing.
Baba Suwe was arrested by NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on October 12, 2011 on allegations of ingestion of narcotics.
However, nothing of such was found in his body after several days in detention.