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CCTV Footage: No Case Of Defilement Against Baba Ijesha- Police Source

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There are indications that embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha, who was recently arrested over allegations of molesting a minor, may be released from custody on Friday, April 30.

A police source who spoke with Punch said the ongoing strike action by members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria has prevented courts in the state from sitting and this has prevented the police from arraigning the suspect.

The police source said Baba Ijesha could not be detained indefinitely without trial.

The source added that investigation into the case shows the actor did not defile the victim, adding that when she was questioned, the victim confirmed the same.

The senior police officer said:

“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 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 sexual intercourse with the girl. The girl also confirmed the same thing.

So, in law, it is a case of indecent assault and not sexual 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, however, said that despite granting Omiyinka bail, an investigation would continue, adding that the command had also sought legal opinion from the state Ministry of Justice.

“A test was recently done on the victim and it was discovered that she had penetration. 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 CCTV footage never showed Baba Ijesha defiling her, but he confessed to touching her body indecently and apologised, and the girl confirmed the same.

Investigation is still ongoing and we have instructed them to conduct a medical examination on the victim at a government recognised medical facility. We are not specialists in the field and we have also sought legal opinion from the Ministry of Justice.”the police source said

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Liz Anjorin, Husband Welcome Their First Child Together In US (Video)

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Actress Lizzy Anjorin, and her husband, Lateef Lawal, have welcomed their first child who was delivered in the US in an Instagram post on Saturday night.

She announced the birth of her second child without stating the gender.

Liz and her husband Lateef Lawal got married in July 2020.

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BBNaija 2021: Organizer Announces Date For Season 6 Audition, Lists Criteria

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The Organizers of the Big Brother Naija reality show has announced a new date for season 6 audition.

The reality show in a post on it Twitter account noted that the auditioning for the show would commence from 3rd to 16th of May 2021.

Nigerians who are interested in the show are expected to log on to AfricaMagic.tv/bbaudtion, upload a 2 minute video introducing themselves, telling Big Brother why they should be in the house this season.

BBNaija added that the audition is free and open to persons who are 21-year old and above with a valid identity document.

The organizers also said those who partook in their previous audition shouldn’t audition again.

 

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Child Molestation: Baba Ijesha Will Remain In Custody- CP Odumosu

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The Lagos State Police Command says Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, is still in its custody.

The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, made the statement while parading suspects at the police command headquarters today.

He stated that Baba Ijesha would remain in custody pending the legal advice from the Ministry of Justice, adding that all parties, including the victim and the accused, were interviewed at the police command on Wednesday.

He said, “You don’t do trial on pages of the newspaper. There are two cases involved in the Baba Ijesha case: he was alleged seven years ago to have defiled a girl and the girl is now 14 years. At that time, no complaint was made, but last week, a video went viral where he was arrested for sexual assault.

“When a man touches a woman where he is not supposed to, without authority and consent, that is what is called sexual assault. That is exactly what is there. He admitted that he actually assaulted.

“The case of defilement added to it is still under thorough investigation. Sexual assault is a bailable offence, it is not like rape. For three hours yesterday (Wednesday), they were all with me, I interviewed all of them, one after the other, including the girl that was allegedly assaulted, the mother of the girl, and Baba Ijesha.

“We have compiled the case and sent it to the DPP, Office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State, for legal advice. Based on legal advice, action would be taken, but for now, Baba Ijesha is still in our custody.”

 

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