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Court orders release of Nigerian actor

2011-11-01 13:00

Lagos - A Nigerian court has ordered authorities to free a popular comedian held for nearly two weeks after a drug screening.

A federal high court judge on Tuesday said that Baba Suwe should be released on Friday.

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency investigators stopped Baba Suwe on October 19 at Lagos' Murtala Muhammed International Airport before he could board a flight to Paris.

The agency said a scanner picked up a suspicious object inside his body.

Baba Suwe's arrest shocked fans of Nollywood, Nigeria's prolific low-budget film industry believed to have begun in the early 1990s.

Nigeria is a major transit point for cocaine and heroin moving to Europe and the US.