The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) is proposing that pedophile actor, Lanre Omiyinka a.k.a Baba Ijesha, be charged to court with 5 cases.
The actor who was arrested for raping a minor has been in police custody for almost 2weeks now awaiting trial.
DPP is advocating for 5 cases to be leveled against the actor. According to them, the actor should be charge under the 5 provisions of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State.
The police via a press statement released today, said the case was forwarded to the DPP for legal advice and the Directorate recommended persecuting him on 5 charges which includes defilement.
The statement reads:
“It would be recalled that the Nigeria Police Force attested Mr Olanrewaju James (also referred to as Baba Ijesha) on account of various sexual abuse allegations. On the 30th of April, 2021, the Police forwarded the case file of COP v Olanrewaju James to the Directorate Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
After due consideration of the facts in the case file, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions issued legal advise 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.
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 14tears imprisonment
4) Section 262 : Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration punishable by 15yeara imprisonment
5) Section 263 : Sexual assault punishable by 3 years imprisonment.
Whilst the State would ensure that Mr Olanrewaju James’s rights are enshrined in the Constitution are upheld,the Ministry of Justice would not relent in it’s efforts in ensuring that whoever sexually abuses any resident of Lagos State is speedily brought to book. It is instructive to note that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has been consistent in it’s efforts in protecting the vulnerable in our society and since the establishment of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team in 2014, it has till date prosecuted over 800 cases of Sexual and Domestic offenses.
The Attorney General hereby assured Lagosians and indeed Nigerians that in accordance with the DPP’s advise, charges would be filed accordingly.
HON Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice”.
Princess Damilola Adekoya a.k.a Princess the Comedian, took to her Instagram hours after the press release to reshare it on her page as she stated that God does not sleep.
She wrote: #Goddoesnotsleep. Children are the heritage of God”.
Recall that Baba Ijesha was arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for sexually molesting a minor since she was 7, the young girl happens to be Comedian Princess’s foster daughter. Through a CCTV purposely planted in her living the room, the entertainer was able to catch the actor in his disgusting act. Since then the actor has been in police custody awaiting his trial.