The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) has concluded plans to prosecute Nollywood actor, Yomi Fabiyi, for contempt of court over the production of ‘Oko Iyabo.’
It was earlier reported that Yomi Fabiyi aired a movie, ‘Oko Iyabo’, which has its storyline centered around the story of Baba Ijesha, who is currently battling a sexual assault case. The movie is said to have depicted the whole Baba Ijesha issue, including the role Iyabo Ojo had to play in the entire case. He also used the real names of the individuals involved in the incident and made it look like the victimized minor was having an affair with the paedophile, opposing the reality.
Baba Ijesha’s trial began in Lagos on Monday. While in court, the DPP director and prosecution counsel, Olayinka Adeyemi, told the court that Yomi made a movie from the facts of Baba Ijesha’s alleged sexual assault case, using the real names of the defendants and the survivor of the case.
“Despite the warnings of this honourable court, an actor called Yomi Fabiyi went ahead and made a movie about the facts of this case. He used the real names of the parties and witnesses in this matter in the movie. Our application is to exclude him, his privies and his agents from proceedings in court.
He is not in court at the moment but his representatives may be in court. This is contempt of court and we intend to prosecute him and bring him before this court” the DPP prosecution counsel told the court.
The presiding judge, Oluwatoyin Taiwo, responded and said the matter will be investigated.
“This case is subjudice and you are not to be making videos and disparaging comments on social media. This needs to be investigated, let’s see whether it is true, she said
However, one of the counsels of Baba Ijesha, Dada Awosika, told the court that he has seen the movie and that it has no correlation with the ongoing case. According to him, the movie is about the controversy between two artists, Yomi Fabiyi and Iyabo Ojo and they are not involved in the case.