Court Jails Nollywood Actor Baba Ijesha For 16 Years

Baba Ijesha
Olarenwaju Omiyinka AKA Baba Ijesha

Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha, was on Thursday sentenced to years imprisonment by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court.

Baba Ijesha is facing six counts of child defilement that include indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration.

The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions, which proffered the charges against the actor, argued that the offences contravene Section 135, 137, 261, 202, 262 and 263 of the Lagos State Criminal Law 2015, which stipulates life imprisonment for offenders.

After Baba Ijesha pleaded not guilty to all the counts, a Closed-Circuit Television video recording detailing his relationship with the victim said to be a minor was played in court.

Justice Taiwo in his judgement delivery said that the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of all the charges against him.

However, she found the defendant guilty of two of the six counts against him.

The actor was arraigned on June 24, 2021. During the trial, six prosecution witnesses testified against him.

The testifiers included actress and comedienne, Princess, the 14-year-old minor, a child expert, Mrs Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode, and medical doctor, Dr Aniekan Makanjuola.

Others were the Investigating Police Officer, ASP Wahab Kareem, and a policewoman, Inspector Abigail Omane.

The DPP closed its case against the defendant on December 15, 2021, while Baba Ijesha called four witnesses and closed its defence on April 1.

The defence witnesses were Baba Ijesha (defendant) and Lawrence Ayeni, an expert in video production and CCTV installation and maintenance.

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A clinical psychologist Olukayode Olugbemi, and Olukayode Ogunbanjo, the defendant’s friend and colleague also testified for the defence.



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