The lawyer to Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James Omiyinka, popularly referred to as Baba Ijesha, Adesina Ogunlana has sought for his release.
Adesina stated that his client has been traumatised following his unlawful detention in prison.
Recall that Baba Ijesha was accused of defiling a minor who happened to be Comedian Princess’s foster daughter.
In a letter addressed to the Lagos Police Commission, Ogunlana said his client should be released on bail and that his client’s colleague, Yomi Fabiyi, is ready to stand for him. His lawyer disclosed that the accused actor has become abnormally weak and lean following his detention.
“We are aware that a piece of legal advice on our client’s matter has been issued about two weeks ago, disclosing prospective charges of bailable character.
We submit that the continuous detention of Mr Olanrewaju James Omiyinka at your SCID Panti, Yaba facility for about thirty days now, in our respectful view is in gross breach of his fundamental rights as cognisable under the 1999 Constitution the grand norm of the nation’s legal architecture.
As of today when I met with Omiyinka in the company of his thespian colleague and ready surety, Mr Yomi Fabiyi, he appeared traumatised, emaciated, and walked with a limo in his right leg. May I assure you, sir, that Mr Omiyinka is not a flight risk and he is prepared to face trial”.
The spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, last Friday, May 14, said the decision to hold on to Baba Ijesha was based on the Criminal charges against him. Adejobi said that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) under the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, advised the police station to detain Baba Ijesha pending when he would be charged to court.
Days ago, Yomi Fabiyi had carried out a protest calling for the release of Baba Ijesha. The actor was also told that Ijesha cannot be released based on the allegations levelled against him.