Let trial of Baba Ijesha begin, DPP recommends
The Lagos State Ministry of Justice has said that its Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) had established a prima facie case of child sexual offences against actor Olanrewaju James, also known as Baba Ijesha.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, concluded that Baba Ijesha will face a five-count charge bothering on indecent treatment of a child, defilement of a child, attempted sexual assault by penetration, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault.
Recall that the police arrested Baba Ijesha for sexual assaulting a minor in the care of a comedienne, Adekola Adekanya, aka Princess.
On Friday, April 30, 2021, the police forwarded the case file to DPP for legal advice.
It recommended that Baba Ijesha should be charged for the offences, including indecent treatment of a child, which is punishable by nine years’ imprisonment; defilement of a child, which is punishable by life imprisonment; sexual assault by penetration, which is punishable by life imprisonment; attempted sexual assault by penetration, which is punishable by 14 years’ imprisonment; and sexual assault, which is punishable by three years’ imprisonment.
“Irrespective of Baba Ijesha’s rights as entrenched in the constitution, it is expected that the Ministry of Justice would not relent in its efforts in ensuring that every sexual predator feasting on Lagos residents is speedily brought to book,” the statement added.
Reacting to the plan, several Yoruba entertainers have expressed divergent views on the matter.
While some appeared sympathetic to Baba Ijesha’s plight, others are drumming support in the fight for justice for the defiled minor.
Iyabo Ojo, in a recent Instagram live video, lamented some celebrities were trying to use their influence to secure the release of Baba Ijesha.
“If they release baba ijesha we are going to rearrest him… as long as I live, I will stand with this girl,” She vowed.
Activist Lawyer Festus Ogun explained: “On Baba Ijesha, we must be careful. While I am no supporter of rape and sexual molestation, I daresay social media mob justice cannot take the place of law.
” Baba Ijesha is entitled to fair trial and due process. We must do away with emotions and allow the course of justice to prevail.”
— Lagos MOJ (@LagosMoj) May 4, 2021