Alleged sexual assault: Baba Ijesha fails to meet bail condition

A Nollywood actor of the Yoruba genre, Olanrewaju James Omiyinka was Wednesday denied bail by a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.

The bail conditions which include N500,000 and a level 16 civil servant as surety could not be met by Baba Ijesha.

The actor had through his lawyer brought before the court the bail application.

With his appearance in court on Wednesday, the hearing of the sexual assault case against the actor may have commenced.

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.

Popularly known as Baba Ijesha, actor Omiyinka was arrested on April 22 by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defiling a 14-year-old minor in the care of Lagos-based comedienne, Adekola Adekanya, popularly known as Princess.

The actor was captured by a closed-circuit television in the victim’s house and this medium also learnt has also confessed to the crime.

Meanwhile, since the news came to the fore, Yoruba actors appear divided in their stance concerning the allegations.

While some set of actors appear sympathetic to Baba Ijesha’s plight, others have continued to drum support and crave justice.