Bolaji Amusan, alias Mr Latin, has debunked information circulating about Babatunde Omidina, better known as Baba Suwe.
The Nigerian actor and renowned comedian has been ill for some weeks.
On Tuesday, Latin, who is the president of the Theater Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), said Baba Suwe is not dead as was being speculated.
In a video he posted on his Instagram account, Latin said: ”The purported rumor about Baba Suwe dead is fake.
”Baba Suwe is presently in America for treatment. He is hale, alive, healthy. I thank you all for your concern.”
He said: “Happy Easter to you all. Of course, before this season of love, enormous and rare love is being shown to the veteran actor and comedian Alh. Babatunde Omidina.
”With your help and love, Baba Suwe travelled out in company of his son Sola Omidina to the United States of America yesternight 20th April, 2019 to complete his medical treatment.
”I must add that the Federal Ministry of Health through the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) were able to stabilize him in order to make the long haul with little or no acute discomfort.
”On behalf of Baba Suwe’s family, his colleagues, friends, TAMPAN movie association worldwide, I humbly register an undiluted appreciation to each and everyone for this wonderful show of love. Thank you once again to our dear mother, Rev. Mrs Esther Abimbola Ajayi for footing the air tickets.
”Depending on the treatment and prospective out-patient appointments, Baba Suwe should be return to the screen hale and hearty before the last quarter of the year. He will be treated in a hospital in Rhode Island, USA.”
The 60-year-old actor, who is not feeling too well, had in February solicited for financial support to enable him travel abroad for medical attention.
In a radio interview with Kola Olootu on Lagelu FM, the actor said he had not received his N25 million compensation from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
In 2011, he was arrested by NDLEA at Murtala Mohammed International Airport over the suspicion that he was trafficking drugs.
Baba Suwe was detained for three weeks and was granted bail after no drugs were found on him.