A Nollywood actor, Omiyinka Olanrewaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, has been arraigned at a Special Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja.
The actor is being tried over charges bordering on rape, sexual assault and abuse of a minor by the State Directorate of Public Prosecutions DPP.
Appearing before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, the state counsel, Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi said that the state had filed six counts charges against the defendant urging the court to take the plea of the defendant.
A prayer which was granted and Baba Ijesha pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against him.
Subsequently, Mrs Adeyemi asked for a trial date while asking court to remand the defendant in correctional facility pending commencement of trial.
In a counter reaction, the defendant counsel, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Babatunde Ogala informed the court that the defence team had filed a bail application and have served same on the prosecuting team.
He urged the court to grant them audience to argue the bail application.
However, the state counsel, Mrs Adeyemi opposed the prayer stating that her team is yet to verify the medical report which the defense rely on for his bail consideration.
In a short ruling, Justice Taiwo granted the request of the defense team and asked parties to argue the bail application.
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