Actor Olanrewaju Omiyinka better known as Baba Ijesha faces possible life imprisonment for allegedly defiling a 7-year-old.
The Lagos state The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had recommended that the actor be charged under 5 provisions of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State.
Lagos Commissioner of justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo made the announcement on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. In a statement, she said Baba Ijesha would be charged under the Criminal Law of Lagos State.
“After due consideration of the facts in the case file, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions issued legal advise on the 4th of May, 2021, which is to the effect that a prima facie case has been disclosed against Mr. Olanrewaju James and recommended he be charged under the following provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015:” the statement reads in part.
1. Section 135 – Indecent treatment of a child – punishable by 7 years imprisonment,
2. Section 137 – Defilement of a child – punishable by life imprisonment,
3. Section 261 – S****l Assault by Penetration – punishable by life imprisonment,
4. Section 262 – Attempted S****l Assault by Penetration – punishable by 14 years imprisonment
5. Section 263 – S****l assault – punishable by 3 years imprisonment.”
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Recall that in a now-viral video, that Baba Ijesha confessed to committing the crime of defiling the 7-year-old. He however blamed the devil for his actions.
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The minister of Justice also assured the public of their commitment to bringing justice to victims of s*xual abuse.
“Whilst the State would ensure that Mr. Olanrewaju James’s rights as enshrined in the Constitution are upheld, the Ministry of Justice would not relent in its efforts in ensuring that whoever sexually abuses any resident of Lagos State is speedily brought to book.”
“It is instructive to note that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has been consistent in it’s efforts in protecting the vulnerable in our society. And since the establishment of the Domestic and S****l Violence Response Team in 2014, it has till date prosecuted over 800 cases of S****l and Domestic offenses.”
“The Attorney-General hereby assures Lagosians and indeed Nigerians that in accordance with the DPP’s advise, charges would be filed accordingly.”
The case since sparked outrage with several celebrities calling for justice. It also brought to fore the conversation of rampant s*xual abuse within Nigeria.
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