In the last few years, a number of Nigerian entertainers have been arrested, while some were convicted, of drug-related offences.
King Sunny Ade’s ex-lead guitarist, Fatoke Abiodun, who was unceremoniously retired from his band about six years ago, was sentenced to three years imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos for drug trafficking.
The 62-year old veteran guitarist was arrested on January 1, 2013 with 1.575kg of cocaine while trying to board an Air France flight to Italy at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The drug was discovered in the false bottom of his luggage during the screening of passengers to Italy.
The grandfather and husband of four wives with many children owned up to the alleged crime blaming his involvement on financial hardship.
BABATUNDE OMIDINA(Baba Suwe)
Nollywood actor and comedian Babatunde Omidina, aka Baba Suwe, was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for allegedly concealing drugs in his stomach.
The actor was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, as he tried to board an Air France flight to Paris. The drugs were allegedly discovered in the 53-year-old actor’s stomach as he passed through the scanning machine at the airport and he was immediately arrested and detained at the airport.
He was said to have denied swallowing hard drugs and was subsequently declared innocent!
HASSANAT AKINWANDE TAIWO (Yetunde Wunmi)
A popular Yoruba movie actress, Hassanat Akinwande Taiwo, popularly known as Yetunde Wunmi, was arrested by officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for cocaine trafficking. Yetunde Wunmi, was arrested on her way to London. Investigations revealed that she was about to board a Virgin Atlantic plane at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos, when NDLEA officials caught her.
She was said to have been injected to excrete the cocaine she swallowed. Yetunde Wunmi excreted over 95 wraps of cocaine (condom-size). After her excretion, Yetunde was taken to the Shaw Road, Ikoyi, Lagos office of NDLEA to undergo interrogation and eventually jailed!.
TOCHI UCHE ODOBUTA
Uche Odobuta was arrested on March 23, 2007, for attempting to smuggle about 1.336kg of cocaine. Prince Uche was nabbed by men of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos when he was about to board a Virgin Atlantic Airways flight to London, England.