Veteran Nollywood comedian, Babatunde Omidina, fondly called Baba Suwe, has returned to Nigeria after completing his treatment in the United States.
This was disclosed today by Yomi Fabiyi, Baba Suwe’s colleague.
“Baba Suwe Survived! He made it and near 100% recovery,” Fabiyi, wrote on his Instagram page.
His statement read:
“Without going into individual details, on behalf of Baba Suwe and his family, I want to thank everyone for playing a vital role. Hopefully, his health restores to full capacity in no distance time, so as to enable him to return to the screen. With tears of joy and gratitude, he sends his sincere heartfelt appreciation to you all.
“This update should be the near-final public information I will be supplying on this matter. I must thank you all (Nollywood Artists, fans and well-wishers especially) for trusting me to give you required updates on this, much valued. I shall lose no time to supply any further or additional vital information if and when needed in the future.”
Baba Suwe, who was accompanied to the US by his son Sola, were in the U.S. to complete his medical treatment at an unnamed hospital in Rhode Island on April 22.
Fabiyi had earlier revealed that a philanthropist and reverend sister, Esther Ajayi, paid the actor’s air tickets and that of his son.
The donor, who is the founder of the Love of Christ Generation Church, C & S (Iya Adura), London, had earlier given the ailing actor N10 million ahead of the trip.
Baba Suwe’s popularity waned few years ago after decade-long fame. The comic actor has been battling with diabetic complications among other ailments, before he travelled to the U.S. for comprehensive treatment.
Baba Suwe’s problems started in 2011 after he was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed Airport on the suspicion that he had ingested wraps of cocaine.
During the encounter, the popular comedian was detained for three weeks by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), but no drugs were eventually found on him.
Subsequently, a Lagos High Court ordered NDLEA to pay Baba Suwe N25 million for unlawfully detaining him and to also tender a public apology to him, a ruling that NDLEA appealed.