- Actor Baba Ijesha may be regaining his freedom from police custody come Friday
- This was made known by a senior officer at the Lagos state police command
- The officer also disclosed that the release may be possible due to the ongoing JUSUN strike
Embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka aka Baba Ijesha, may be released from police custody on Friday, April 30.
According to reports by PUNCH Metro, a senior officer at the Lagos state police command disclosed that the movie star’s freedom may be possible due to the ongoing strike of members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
He said since courts are not seating at the moment, the actor cannot be tried and therefore held in custody.
In addition, the officer said that investigation into the matter shows that Baba Ijesha did not defile the victim and she also confirmed so.
According to him, the outrage from members of the public is mostly out of sentiment and not from a point of the law. He said the victim's mother disclosed that the case of defilement happened when she was aged 7 and not in the recent development.
He was quoted to have said:
"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."
The officer explained further that what played out between Baba Ijesha and his victim is a case of indecent assault and such offence is open to bail.
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“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.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo weighed in on the Baba Ijesha story and she decided to talk to her colleagues in the Yoruba movie industry.
Ojo noted that she has been seeing posts from some movie stars defending the actor and it is unfair to the victim.
The mother of two also said that she has nothing against Baba Ijesha, but as a mother, she will always stand by the truth.