Directorate of Public Prosecution Recommends Charges of Defilement Against Baba Ijesha

The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo has assured Lagos residents and Nigerians at large that in line with the advice by the Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP, relevant charges would be filed accordingly against a Yoruba Nollywood Actor, Mr Olanrewaju James Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha.

The Lagos State Police command had arrested Baba Ijesha on account of various sexual abuse allegations on the 30th of April and forwarded the case file to the State Ministry of Justice for the DPP legal advice.

In a statement, Mr Onigbanjo announced that after due consideration of the facts in the case file, the DPP advised on May 4, that a prima facie case had been established and recommended that Baba Ijesha should be charged on a-five- count charge.

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The charges border on indecent treatment of a child; punishable by seven years imprisonment, defilement of a child; punishable by life imprisonment, sexual assault by penetration; punishable by life imprisonment, attempted sexual assault by penetration; punishable by 14years imprisonment and sexual assault; punishable by three years imprisonment, under the provisions of the State criminal law 2015*

The Commissioner noted that whilst the State would ensure that the rights of Mr Olanrewaju James as enshrined in the Constitution would be upheld.

The Ministry of Justice would not relent in it’s efforts at ensuring that whoever sexually abuses any resident of Lagos is speedily brought to book.

Mr Onigbanjo added that since the establishment of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team in 2014, over 800 cases of domestic and sexual violence had been prosecuted till date.


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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