Baba Ijesha: Court adjourns trial till Tuesday

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Story from Kenneth AFOR, Lagos

The quest for relief on the embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha may seem to be far following the adjournment of the alleged child molestation case levelled against him.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja on Monday adjourned the matter till tomorrow (Tuesday) after the counsel for comedienne, Adekola Adekanya, also known as Princess, played primary evidence against the embattled actor.

Journalists were barred from the courtroom before playing the video clip which captured Baba Ijesha allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl in the care of Princess.

The actor, Iyabo Ojo (friend to Princess), amongst others were in court as Princess explained to the judge how she met Baba Ijesha and narrated how the actor allegedly sexually assaulted the minor.

According to Princess, she met Baba Ijesha in 2008 at an event and along the line, they decided to start making comedy skits together.

The comedienne also claimed Baba Ijesha wooed her in the process of their work relationship but she rejected his proposal.

But in the process, she got close to the actor aftermath of the crash of her marriage in 2013.

The comedienne claimed she invested in Baba Ijesha’s education and the actor visited her at home thereafter.

She claimed the actor visited her at her residence on the fateful day he was caught allegedly sexually assaulting her foster daughter.

Baba Ijesha was yet to speak when the case was adjourned and slated to resume Tuesday after examination of the primary evidence.

He was represented by Babatunde Ogala SAN, amongst others, while the prosecutor, the Lagos State Government, was represented by Olayinka Adeyemi.

The court had earlier granted Baba Ijesha bail on June 24, 2021.

The actor is currently on trial for rape, sexual assault and abuse of the minor.

He was charged on six counts of sexual assault by penetration, indecent treatment of a child, and sexual assault, which contravene sections 259, 135, and 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011, as well as 135, 263, and 262 Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

He, however, pleaded not guilty.

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