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Baba Ijesha; Court Rejects The Actor’s Pending Bail Application

Convicted Nollywood actor, James Olarewaju, alias, Baba Ijesha, requested bail on Wednesday,

but an Ikeja Special Offences Court denied it while the case is still being appealed.

Baba Ijesha; Court Rejects The Actor’s Pending Bail Application
Baba Ijesha

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo denied the troubled actor’s request for bail

on the grounds that he did not meet the requirements for exceptional circumstances and conditions warranting the relief.

The applicant must show special and exceptional circumstances

because the term given to him is five years which is to run concurrently.

“There is no evidence that the appeal has been entered

and there is no indication before this court that the court will not treat the case expeditiously.

“It is in the view of this court that the applicant has failed to show special circumstances to warrant him bail because he is facing a serious crime.

“In view of this case, I am inclined to refuse the bail application of the applicants pending appeal,” Taiwo held.

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According to NAN, the troubled actor is requesting release in order to appeal his five-year sentence for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.

Meanwhile notice for bail pending appeal has been submitted in accordance with Section 6(6) of the 1999 Constitution as amended

and Section 51 of the High Court Law of Lagos State, administration of criminal justice law, according to Baba Ijesha’s attorney, Mr. Gabriel Olabiran, who informed the court on August 10 of this.

Olabiran further claimed that the application had granted bail, either unconditionally or subject to reasonable conditions.

He said that the case was placed before the court because the Court of Appeal was having trouble scheduling a hearing.

On the 14th of July 2022, Baba Ijesha was convicted of s*xually assaulting a 14-year-old minor.

Delivering judgement on the matter, Justice Taiwo sentenced the actor to 16 years imprisonment.

The offences according to the judge contravene Section 135, 137, 261, 202, 262 and 263 of the Lagos State Criminal Law 2015, which stipulates life imprisonment for offenders.

 

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