According to a police insider, Yoruba actor Olanrewaju Omiyinka better known as Baba Ijesha who was arrested for allegedly defiling a minor will soon be released from police custody.
This is partly due to the current nationwide strike of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria. According to the source, the police cannot continue holding on to Baba Ijesha because the courts are on strike.
The source who spoke to newsmen of the PUNCH also said according to recent investigations, the actor did not defile the 14-year-old but only touched inappropriately, which she confirmed.
“There was no case of defilement, people are just talking out of sentiment. They are not talking from the point of law. We interviewed all parties involved in the case for three hours today (Wednesday),” the source revealed.
“The mother complained that her child was at the age of seven when she was defiled and the child pointed at Baba Ijesha. But the case was not reported until she was 14 years and under the law, the case has become statute-barred.”
“Regarding this new case, the CCTV footage has been assessed and nowhere was it captured that Baba Ijesha defiled her. The footage only showed him touching the victim’s body but it never showed him having any s****l intercourse with the girl. The girl also confirmed the same thing.”
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“So, in law, it is a case of indecent assault and not s****l harassment, and it is open to bail. So, can we continue to keep him when the offence is subject to bail and when there is no court sitting? That is against his fundamental human rights and the police do not work on sentiments. Directives have been given out for his release on bail.”
The source further revealed that a test was done recently on the victim confirmed penetration happened. However, there was no way to confirm if it was indeed the accused who perpetrated the act.
“Is it the penetration of seven years that is still evident now, and who penetrated her then? Is there any medical report linking the man (Omiyinka) to the crime?” the source asked.
Celebrities including Iyabo Ojo, Toke Makinwa, Davido, and others have strongly condemned Baba Ijesha’s acts.
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