By Gbenga Bada
Nollywood actor Olanrewaju Omiyinka aka Baba Ijesha will be arraigned at Magistrate Court 1, Yaba on Wednesday.
The actor and film producer will be arraigned for five count charges as instituted by the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
A few weeks back, the DPP had recommended that the actor be charged under 5 provisions of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State.
The charges against the actor include 1. Section 135 – Indecent treatment of a child – punishable by 7 years imprisonment; 2. Section 137 – Defilement of a child – punishable by life imprisonment; 3. Section 261 – Sexual Assault by Penetration – punishable by life imprisonment; 4. Section 262 – Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration – punishable by 14 years imprisonment; and 5. Section 263 – Sexual assault – punishable by 3 years imprisonment.
In May 2021, the Lagos Commissioner of Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo announced the decision of the state press charges against Baba Ijesha in a law court saying “After due consideration of the facts in the case file, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions issued legal advice on the 4th of May, 2021, which is to the effect that a prima facie case has been disclosed against Mr. Olanrewaju James and recommended he be charged under the following provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.”
Baba Ijesha was arrested in April 2021 for allegedly molesting the foster daughter of comedian Princess.
In a video that has since gone viral, the actor allegedly confessed to molesting the little girl when she was 7.