Report says Baba Ijesha may be released soon, sparks outrage

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There are reports that Nollywood actor Olanrewaju Omiyinka also known as Baba Ijesha will be released from police custody any time from now. The Lagos State Police command says they’re still investigating the alleged rape case between Yoruba actor Baba Ijesha and one 14-year-old girl but a directive has been given by the Police Command for the release of the alleged child molester, according to Punch.

The source said due to the ongoing strike by members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, courts have halted activities which means the suspect could not be detained indefinitely without trial. The source, however, said the investigation into the recent allegation against Baba Ijesha revealed that he did not defile the victim, adding that when she was questioned, the victim confirmed the same.

“There was no case of defilement, people are just talking out of sentiment. They are not talking from the point of law. We interviewed all parties involved in the case for three hours today (Wednesday),” the source revealed. “The mother complained that her child was at the age of seven when she was defiled and the child pointed at Baba Ijesha. But the case was not reported until she was 14 years and under the law, the case has become statute-barred.”

“Regarding this new case, the CCTV footage has been assessed, and nowhere was it captured that Baba Ijesha defiled her. The footage only showed him touching the victim’s body but it never showed him having any sexual intercourse with the girl. The girl also confirmed the same thing.”

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