Friday, November 25, 2011

NDLEA to appeal Baba suwe's N25M Judgment


       The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said that it will appeal against the judgment by Justice Yetunde Idowu asking it to apologise and also pay the sum of N25 million to popular actor and comedian, Omidina Babatunde, popularly known as Baba Suwe.
     The agency’s director of prosecution and legal services, Mr. Femi Oloruntoba, in his reaction said the judgement did not reflect the facts before the court.

      According to Oloruntoba, “the judgement is not a reflection of the facts before the court. It is a misapplication of the law as it relates to power of law enforcement agencies and the liberty of citizens. We shall appeal as the judgment cannot stand the test of time.”
    NDLEA said its position is that Omidina was treated fairly and professionally while in their custody.It also described claims by the comedian that he was treated like a common criminal as untrue.
“It is on record that he was treated in accordance with the law, particularly with respect to the observance of his right to human dignity, presumption of innocence, search and other investigative processes in line with best international practices. He acknowledged same in court before the public on Tuesday 1 November 2011,”
   “There are no grounds to doubt the efficiency of the machine when about seven suspects that tested positive about the same time the actor was arrested have all defecated the drugs they ingested. NDLEA said in a statement.

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