Baba Ijesha to be charged to court by Lagos State Government

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The Lagos state government is set to file charges against embattled Nollywood actor, Baba Ijesha, who was arrested in April for allegedly molesting a minor.

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has recommended that the actor be charged under five provisions of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State.

In a statement signed on Tuesday, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) said Baba Ijesha may be sentenced to life imprisonment if found guilty in court.

“It would be recalled that the Nigeria Police Force arrested Mr. Olanrewaju James (also referred to as Baba Ijesha) on account of various sexual abuse allegations. On the 30th of April, 2021, the Police forwarded the case file of COP v Olanrewaju James to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.

“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.

“Section 135, Indecent Treatment of a child- punishable by 7 years imprisonment, Section 137- Defilement of a Child-, punishable by life imprisonment, Section 261- Sexual Assault by Penetration- punishable by life imprisonment, Section 262- Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration, punishable by 14 years imprisonment and Section 263, Sexual Assault-punishable by 3 years imprisonment.

“While 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,” the statement read.

Baba Ijesha, was arrested on April 22 for allegedly defiling the foster daughter of comedienne, Oluwadamilola Adekoya, better known as Princess.

Lagos State police spokesperson Olumuyiwa Adejobi had said in a statement that preliminary findings revealed that the suspect assaulted the victim sexually when she was seven years old.

 




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