Nollywood Actor, Baba Ijesha, Docked Over Alleged Sexual Assault

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Popular Yoruba actor, Omiy­inka Olanrewaju, otherwise known as Baba Ijesha, has been docked before a Lagos Magis­trate Court sitting in Yaba over alleged sexual assault and abuse of a minor.

Olanrewaju was arraigned with other suspects before Magistrate Peter Nwaka, on Wednesday.

He was arraigned on charges bordering on alleged indecent treatment of a child, defilement of a child, sexual assault by penetration, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sex­ual assault-which contravenes Sections 135, 137, 261, 202, 262 and 263 of the Lagos State Criminal Law 2015.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him by the police.

Daily Independent reports that the actor was limping and visibly shaking, an appearance which suggests a bad health con­dition when he arrived the court.

The prosecutor in the mat­ter, S.A. Adebesin informed the Magistrate that information had been filed before the High Court on the matter by the state prosecution.

Following the submission, the counsel to the defendant, Kayode Olabiran, made a fresh application for bail of Olanre­waju.

It would be recalled that the actor was earlier granted bail on May 17 due to his deteriorating health conditions.

The conditions of the bail were two sureties, one being a relative of the defendant and another a Level 16 officer of the Lagos State Civil service, and a bail bond on sum of N500,000.

He has however remanded in police custody because one of the bail conditions is yet to be met.

Counsel to the defendant, Olabiran urged the magistrate to grant the defendant bail on compassionate ground, and base on health ground.

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“We are applying for bail on a compassionate ground and in the interest of justice,” he said.

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