Nollywood actor Saheed Balogun has been alleged to be among those working on releasing their embattled colleague Baba Ijesha over an ongoing rape and sexual molestation case involving a 14-year-old child.
Earlier today we reported that a senior officer of the Lagos State Police Command had ordered that baba Ijesha be released because there is no defilement case against him, and the court cannot sit due to the ongoing strike by members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria.
The police statement added the CCTV footage only showed Baba Ijesha touching the victim’s body and never showed him having sexual intercourse with the girl, who also confirmed it.
The senior police officer said,
“There was no case of defilement, people are just talking out of sentiment. They are not talking from the point of law. We interviewed all parties involved in the case for three hours today (Wednesday).
The mother complained that her child was at the age of seven when she was defiled and the child pointed at Baba Ijesha. But the case was not reported until she was 14 years and under the law, the case has become statute-barred.
Regarding this new case, the CCTV footage has been assessed and nowhere was it captured that Baba Ijesha defiled her. The footage only showed him touching the victim’s body but it never showed him having any sexual intercourse with the girl. The girl also confirmed the same thing.
So, in law, it is a case of indecent assault and not sexual harassment, and it is open to bail. So, can we continue to keep him when the offence is subject to bail and when there is no court sitting? That is against his fundamental human rights and the police do not work on sentiments. Directives have been given out for his release on bail.”
The source, however, stated that despite granting Omiyinka bail, an investigation would continue, adding that the command had also sought legal opinion from the state Ministry of Justice.
“A test was recently done on the victim and it was discovered that she had penetration. Is it the penetration of seven years that is still evident now, and who penetrated her then? Is there any medical report linking the man (Omiyinka) to the crime?
The CCTV footage never showed Baba Ijesha defiling her, but he confessed to touching her body indecently and apologised, and the girl confirmed the same.
Investigation is still ongoing and we have instructed them to conduct a medical examination on the victim at a government recognised medical facility. We are not specialists in the field and we have also sought legal opinion from the Ministry of Justice.” the police source said
With several controversies trailing the case, an Instagram blogger Gistlovers has alleged that Saheed Balogun is among Nollywood stars sponsoring the release of Baba Ijesha from police custody.
According to the blogger, who disclosed the case is still under investigation, a huge amount of money has been paid for the release of Baba Ijesha.
The blogger wrote:
This is one of those working underground for baba ijesha release,I am investigating the case and I think money has exchange hands, but still we demand justice, everyone who has a thing or two about the case will be dragged,I come in peace.
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