- Nollywood actor Yomi Fabiyi has called on the police to release his colleague Baba Ijesha on bail
- According to Fabiyi, holding Baba Ijesha beyond 48 hours for a bailable offence is an abuse of his human rights
- He said no matter the charge a person is facing, people should never support the abuse of their human rights
Nollywood actor Yomi Fabiyi has taken to social media to call on the police to release his colleague, Baba Ijesha, who was charged for defiling a young girl.
Fabiyi expressed displeasure over the fact that Baba Ijesha is still in police custody despite the fact that his offence is bailable.
According to Fabiyi, the police or any law enforcement agency must never hold anyone beyond 48 hours for all bailable offence.
In his words:
"They either grant bail or charge to court. The court must listen to plea for bail and the judge decide (sic).
"If the Police has any cogent reason(s) to hold a suspect beyond the statutory two days, the prosecuting officer under the law is MANDATED to approach a court of competent jurisdiction immediately to argue why AN EXTENSION is needed."
He said it is only the court that can give such order, adding that no police officer no matter how highly placed should unilaterally give such order.
According to the actor, people should never support human rights abuse no matter what the accused is charged for. He said if they do, it will come back to them.
Nigerians soon flooded Fabiyi's post to share their thoughts on it.
"What was baba Ijesha begging for if he had done no wrong?"
"I ve (sic) been seeing people but I never see a strong man like u.. Continue wit ur good deed....May Almighty God bless you and b wit u sir."
"God bless ur courage bro.. U are a rare breed."
"You rugged bro."
Legit.ng previously reported Fabiyi disclosed that he had a meeting with Baba Ijesha just to know his side of the story.
The actor said that he will never support what Baba Ijesha did, but he deserves support regardless which he gave as a human rights activist.
Fabiyi decided to visit Baba Ijesha just because he is a colleague and not that they are even close, and from the visit, the embattled actor disclosed that he never assaulted or slept with the minor at any point.