Baba Ijesha: Court Sentences Actor to 16 Years in Prison, Lawyer to Appeal
- The child defilement case of actor Baba Ijesha was decided today, July 14, and he has been sentenced to 16 years in prison
- According to the judgment, the jail term will run concurrently, which means the actor will spend five years in prison
- His lawyer, who spoke to pressmen after the judgment in Lagos, said the next step of action was to take the case up to the Court of Appeal
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Embattled Nollywood actor Olanrewaju James, popularly referred to as Baba Ijesha, has been found guilty of defiling a 14-year-old girl.
The actor was convicted by a Lagos court on Thursday, July 14, in a judgement delivered by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court, Vanguard reports.
He was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
This jail term would run concurrently, which means the actor will spend five years in prison.
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According to a report by The Punch, Baba Ijesha was found guilty of two of the six counts levelled against him. He was facing charges of indecent treatment of a child, child defilement which includes sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetrat!on and sexual assault by penetrat!on.
However, speaking with newsmen after the ruling, one of the lawyers representing the actor said the next line of action was to appeal the judgement.
It would be recalled that Baba Ijesha was arrested in April 2021 for defiling a minor. His case was reported on April 19 by popular actress Adekola Adekanya also known as Princess, at Sabo Police Station.
The case was later transferred to the Gender Unit of the State CID, Panti, Yaba Lagos for proper investigation.
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Legit.ng had reported that the lingering child abuse case involving comic actor Baba Ijesha and Princess stirred massive reactions on social media after another angle about it emerged.
The actor had told a Lagos court that Princess and himself acted in a movie production about the incident.
The defendant claimed Princess wanted him to act the role of a playboy in the movie, and he shared a printout of Whatapp chats between himself and the comedian as evidence to Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo.