Veteran Yoruba actor, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, has finally arrived the U.S. for medical treatment.
The 60-year-old actor, who was accompanied by his son Sola, arrived on Sunday and is expected to complete his medical treatment at an unnamed hospital in Rhode Island.
The development comes two months after the actor publicly solicited for financial support during an interview with popular broadcaster, Kola Olotu, in Ibadan.
Nollywood actor, Yomi Fabiyi, revealed Baba Suwe’s travel details in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES in Lagos on Monday.
He said, “The Federal Ministry of Health through the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) were able to stabilise the actor in order to make the long haul with little or no acute discomfort.
“Depending on the treatment and prospective out-patient appointments, Baba Suwe should return to the screen hale and hearty before the last quarter of the year.”
Fabiyi also revealed that a reverend, Esther Ajayi, footed 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.
Yomi also appreciated the efforts and contributions of his colleagues and members of the Theater Arts and Motions Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) worldwide.
The comic actor, who sank into the background eight years ago, after enjoying patronage and limelight for decades, is battling diabetic complications among other ailments.
Baba Suwe was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in 2011 on the suspicion that he ingested cocaine wraps.
During the encounter, the popular comedian was detained for three weeks by the agency, but no drugs were found.
A Lagos High Court subsequently ordered NDLEA to pay the veteran actor N25 million for unlawfully detaining him and to also tender a public apology to him; a ruling the drugs agency appealed.