On Tuesday, a forensic report detailing how Nollywood star Olanrewaju James (Baba Ijesha) allegedly assaulted a youngster was delivered in court.
According to Gatekeepers News, child forensic interview expert Anike Ajayi-Kayode testified as the third prosecution witness before an Ikeja Special Offenses Court.
Ajayi-Kayode is the Executive Director of the Cece Yara Foundation, a non-governmental organization dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse and providing emergency assistance for children. She claims to have participated in over 25 child forensic interviews.
When interviewed, the claimed victim was calm, cooperative, and able to recall events, according to Ajayi-Kayode.
“The clinical appearance of child sexual assault was extremely obvious,” she stated. On two instances when the kid was seven years old, the perpetrator engaged her in sexual conduct.
“On April 19, 2021, he sexually harassed her and touched her body. ‘I touched you some years ago, you are so grown up, so mature,’ he said. Have you got a boyfriend? There is some unfinished business on our hands.
“These are child sexual abuse’s clinical manifestations.
“Inculcation of secrecy, intimidation, threat, or compulsion are the dynamics of child sexual abuse and the modus operandi of perpetrators.”
She explained that child sexual assault solely included the victim and the perpetrator, and that a kid might not be able to appreciate the gravity of the crime due to his or her frailty.
After the interview, the expert said she wrote a forensic interview report.
According to Gatekeepers News, the prosecution presented the court with a copy of the report labeled Exhibit G as evidence.
The forensic interview was also digitally recorded, according to the witness.
The prosecution also handed the flash discs with the minor’s digital forensic interview. Exhibits H and H1 were labeled on it.
“My conclusion is that she told the complete truth, that she was tenacious, that she was bold, and that she was relaxed,” added the expert.
The defence had requested an adjournment at the start of Tuesday’s proceedings due to the absence of lead attorneys Babatunde Ogala (SAN) and Dada Awosika (SAN).
N.A. Adeyemi, a member of the defense team, informed the court that Ogala had requested an adjournment of hearings in a letter dated Sept. 27 because he would be unable to attend.
The plea for a continuance was denied by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, who ordered that the trial continue with the third prosecution witness (Ajayi-Kayode) testifying.
Baba Ijesha is accused of indecently treating a minor, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by penetration, among other charges.
Sections 135, 259, 262, 263 and 262 of the Lagos State Criminal Law, 2015, are said to be violated.
The judge postponed the hearing until Oct. 20 so that the witness may be cross-examined.