There are reports that Nollywood actor Olanrewaju Omiyinka also known as Baba Ijesha will be released from police custody today precisely.
According to Punch, the Lagos State Police command says they’re still investigating the alleged rape case between Yoruba actor Baba Ijesha and the victimized 14-year-old girl but a directive has been given by the Police Command for the release of the alleged child molester.
The source said due to the ongoing strike by members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, courts had ceased from sitting and the suspect could not be detained indefinitely without trial. It however said investigation into the recent allegation against Omiyinka revealed that he did not defile the victim, adding that when she was questioned, the victim confirmed the same.
The senior police officer stated, “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 stated.
According to Punch, the police source also revealed that 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 source asked.
“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.
Meanwhile, popular comedienne, Adekola Adekanya, aka Princess, narrated details of the incident during a live broadcast on Instagram on Wednesday. Iyabo Ojo shared a video of him being interrogated by Princess after he was allegedly caught in the act. The video showed him pleading for forgiveness and also saying that he understands that he has a problem.
”Please forgive me. I don’t know what is wrong with me. Please forgive me. I have spiritual problem” he said See the video below:
Tonto Dikeh has now taken to her Instagram page to react to the report of actor Baba Ijesha possibly being released on Friday April 30. The actress stated that she knew such scenario might play out which is why she has been pushing for the case to be transferred to Abuja.
The actress who recalled saying that the case ‘is going to be a war’, added that she doesn’t mind taking care of the accomodation, transportation and security of the victim’s team.
BUT YOU KNOW WHAT “WHAT GOD CAN NOT DO DOES NOT EXIST…
LAGOS STATE @lagosstategovt YOU ARE FAILING YOUR DAUGHTERS, YOUR SONS…
@lagosstategovt THAT 7YEAR OLD GIRL NOW 14 IS YOUR DAUGHTER,
@lagosstategovt DID YOU EXPECT A MOTHER TO WATCH UNTIL PENETRATION TOOK PLACE BEFORE SHE STEPS IN TO STOP THE SEXUAL ASSAULT ACT?
@lagosstategovt DID HE NOT CONFESS REPEATEDLY AT YOUR STATION AND THE HOME HE WAS CAUGHT?
The Police source, however, said that despite granting Omiyinka bail, investigation would continue, adding that the command had also sought legal opinion from the state Ministry of Justice.