The magistrate court in Yaba, Lagos State sat earlier todday, to start the trial of the veteran Nollywood actor James Olanrewaju Omiyinka popularly known as Baba Ijesha. The magistrate court today after sitting denied Baba Ijesha bail.
The veteran thespian who was arrested back in April for the alleged defilement of the foster daughter of popular comedienne, Princess, claims that her foster daughter was sexually assaulted by Baba Ijesha at age 7 and 14 years old.
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After 25 days in detention, Baba Ijesha was granted bail on May 17 by magistrates in charge of prison decongestion. He however has remained in custody as he failed to meet his bail conditions.
On Wednesday morning, June 16, he was arraigned before the Magistrate court. His counsel, Kayode Olabiran, prayed the court to release his client on health grounds.
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Delivering a ruling in the bail application, the magistrate, P.E Nwaka, held that the court can not grant the actor bail because the matter is beyond its jurisdiction. The judge also explained that the case has already been filed before the high court.
Also speaking, Yetunde Cardoso, the superintendent of police in charge of the case, said the matter is now beyond the police.
“Mr Olanrewaju was actually granted bail during the JUSUN strike and based on the conditions given, he couldn’t meet them and he was properly charged today.
Just like the court stated, the case has already been filed before the high court and the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) of Lagos State Ministry of Justice has taken over the matter from the police.
So presently, we have handed over to the DPP so the case is before them (DPP). It has nothing to do with the police anymore, it’s now left for the DPP to handle it.”she said
Baba Ijesha is facing trial over charges bothering on rape, sexual assault and abuse of a minor. He was charged with indecent treatment of a child, defilement of a child, sexual assault by penetration, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault which contravenes Sections 135, 137, 261, 202, 262 and 263 of the Lagos State Criminal Law 2015.
He pleaded not guilty when the charges were read out to him. The case has been adjourned to July 13 for mention.
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