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Alleged Defilement: Baba Ijesha Closes Defence

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Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James Omiyinka, a.k.a Baba Ijesha, on Friday closed his defence before a Special Offences Court sitting In Ikeja, Lagos presided over by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo who’s hearing his alleged defilement trial.

Lawyer to the Actor, Dada Awosika (SAN), had earlier notified the court that a fourth witness would be the last to testify for their side.

The witness, Olukayode Ogunbanjo, alias Pastor Jerosi, while being led in evidence, by co-defence counsel, Kayode Olabiran, told the court that he had worked with Baba Ijesha for over 15 years in the entertainment industry.

Ogunbanjo, an actor and a comedian, added that Baba Ijesha was his friend and that Baba Ijesha got in contact with Princess during one of the shows he anchored called “Orisun”.

“We were like five that used to do the show together. On that date while the show was going on, Princess called on the hot line that she wanted to join our programme.

“There was a day she called Baba Ijesha that he should come over to her place in Iwaya. I drove the car to her house in Iwaya.

“When we got there, Baba Ijesha prostrated to Princess’ mother and the woman said ‘take good care of my daughter’.

“Ijesha at that point revealed to me that he was dating Princess, but that she was taking the relationship too far,” the witness said.

Under cross-examination by the Lagos State prosecuting counsel, Yusuf Sule, the witness, however, said he did not have a knowledge of what transpired inside Princess’ house.

“On April 19, 2021, I will be correct to say that you were not at Number 13 Wellbow Street, Iwaya, as a result, you do not know what transpired inside Princess’ house.” Mr Sule asked.

“On April 19, 2021, I did not know what transpired inside the house as I was in Aguda in Surulere. All I know is what I have said. I was not inside the house. I do not have any knowledge of what happened in the house,” the witness said.

Baba Ijesha is facing allegations of indecent treatment of Princess’ 14-year old foster child (names withheld), allegedly committed on April 19, 2021, including sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration.

He has pleaded not guilty to the six-count charge.

Upon the close of the defence’ evidence, Justice Taiwo said both counsel should prepare and exchange their final written addresses.

Further hearing has been fixed for June 6 for the adoption of final written addresses.

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