Baba Ijesha Spends One Year In Prison For Defilement

Embattled actor, Olarewaju James, widely known as Baba Ijesha, who was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for defiling a child, has marked one year of his prison term at the Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Kirikiri, Lagos State.

He was imprisoned on July 14, 2022. He was convicted for four of the six-count charge that included – indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by penetration.

Recall that Baba Ijesha was nabbed on April 22, 2021, and first arraigned on July 16, 2021, before Magistrate P.E. Nwaka of the Yaba Magistrate Court in Yaba, Lagos.

The movie star was later brought before the Special Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja. The case was heard by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, who eventually delivered the judgment.

Taiwo while reading the judgment said, “I hereby find the defendant guilty of counts two to five, and he is discharged of counts one and six. The defendant is hereby sentenced to five years imprisonment for count two, three years for count three, five years for count four, and three years for count five.”

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The case generated a lot of attention and controversy. It also ‘divided’ the entertainment industry as some celebs supported comedian, Princess Adekoya, whose ward was the one defiled; while some empathised with Baba Ijesha.

Some prominent individuals who stood behind Baba Ijesha were Yomi Fabiyi, Bukky Black, and Lege Miami. Fabiyi insisted that the actor was ‘ambushed’ into the crime.

On the other hand, actresses, such as Iyabo Ojo Nkechi Blessing, vehemently voiced their support for Princess.

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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