Court Upholds Baba Ijesha Confessional Statement

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of a Special Offences Court in Ikeja has admitted in evidence the confessional statement of Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James alias Baba Ijesha facing trial over allegations of defilement.

The judge ruled that there was no evidence before the court which proved that the embattled Nollywood actor was tortured into giving the statement to the police.

She noted that claims that a police officer, Insp Abigail Omane had promised to set him free if he owned up to the allegations were not corroborated and described the defendant’s application to the court as an afterthought.

“Sitting on the floor does not vitiate the confessional statement. The statement is found to be relevant and admissible,” the judge said.

Following the ruling, the last prosecution witness, Insp Abigail Omane resumed her evidence.

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The police officer informed told the court that after she had taken the evidence of the defendant, she had taken all the parties in the case to the office of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO).

“Thereafter the case was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti,” she said.

While being cross-examined by defence counsel, Mr Kayode Olabiran, Insp Omane threw more light on why the defendant’s shirt was torn when he was brought to the police station.

“The survivor told us that she was the one that beat him. There was no report of harassment of the complainant at the police station three-years ago.

“I’m not aware if the police were informed prior to the installation of the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) at the complainant’s house,” she said.

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Subsequently, the prosecutor told the court that the state would be closing its case.

Following the submission, the defence counsel, Mr Kayode Olabiran informed the court that the defence intends to file a no-case submission.

The judge thereafter adjourned till January 26, 2022 to entertain the no-case submission.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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