Reports of Baba Ijesha’s likely release spark outrage

There are reports that Nollywood actor Olanrewaju Omiyinka also known as Baba Ijesha will be released from police custody any time from now.

The Lagos State Police command says they’re still investigating the alleged rape case between Yoruba actor Baba Ijesha and one 14-year-old girl but a directive has been given by the Police Command for the release of the alleged child molester, according to Punch.

The source said due to the ongoing strike by members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, courts have halted activities which means the suspect could not be detained indefinitely without trial.

The source, however, said the investigation into the recent allegation against Baba Ijesha revealed that he did not defile the victim, adding that when she was questioned, the victim confirmed the same.

“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 source revealed.

“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 offense 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.”

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.”

The comedian, Princess, has revealed that the child in question is her foster child.

Since the comedian Princess detailed the events that led to the arrest of Baba Ijesha for molesting her foster child 7 years ago, there have been a lot of comments around the allegation. She said that Baba Ijesha came to her and asked for support because he was having difficulties and that he defiled the little girl while she was not with her.

According to her, the little girl was unable to focus in class as a result of her encounter with Baba Ijesha, and her academic success was deteriorating, which they couldn’t understand.

When news of Baba Ijesha’s sexual assault case first surfaced, Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo took to her Instagram page to warn her colleagues not to protect him. She said that she has nothing against the accused actor but that she will stand by the facts.

Yomi Fabiyi, on the other hand, spoke on the situation, claiming that some of his colleagues were targeting a disgraced actor because they believed no one could save him.

She then expressed dissatisfaction with Yomi Fabiyi’s position on the case. The actress said that the actor insisted on posting the video proof of Baba Ijesha in the act.

Celebrities like Davido and Toke Makinwa have joined others on social media in calling out actor Yomi Fabiyi for defending the alleged child molester, Baba Ijesha.

“Yomi Fabiyi is a disgrace, a complete idiot, one of the reasons why the fight against sexual violence gets harder by the day, you want to see a video first even when you know she is a minor? Even after you heard he confessed? What is wrong with the world??? I cannot can’t,” Toke Makinwa tweeted.

For Davido, he sent a subliminal threat message to the actor via his Twitter page. (Channels TV)

•PHOTO: Alleged child molester, Baba Ijesha