A magistrate court sitting in Lagos state has denied embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, bail in the ongoing trial over alleged sexual assault.
Baba Ijesha was arrested and detained by the Lagos state police after he was alleged to have sexually molested a minor at 7 and 14.
He was later granted bail on May 17 — after spending about 25 days in police detention — by magistrates in charge of prison decongestion. But he has remained in police custody despite the bail.
During the trial on Wednesday, June 16, Kayode Olabiran, his counsel, prayed the court to release his client, citing his deteriorating health. He said the controversial nature of the case has made it difficult to secure his release despite his bail as intending sureties were scared of the likely consequences.
But in his ruling, P. E Nwaka, the judge, held that the court can not grant the actor bail because the matter is beyond its jurisdiction. The judge also explained that the case has already been filed before the high court.
Also speaking, Yetunde Cardoso, the superintendent of police in charge of the case, said the matter is now beyond the police.
“Mr Olanrewaju was actually granted bail during the JUSUN strike and based on the conditions given, he couldn’t meet them and he was properly charged today (Wednesday).
Just like the court stated, the case has already been filed before the high court and the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) of Lagos State Ministry of Justice has taken over the matter from the police.
So presently, we have handed over to the DPP so the case is before them (DPP). It has nothing to do with the police anymore, it’s now left for the DPP to handle it,” she said.
In the photos which emerged online, the embattled Nollywood actor is seen holding a book titled ‘How To Strive In Perilous Times’, and this generated several reactions from netizens.
While some social media users made a mockery of the actor’s book, others felt pity for him, saying he has learnt his lessons.
See reactions below:
kikkybambam wrote: How to thrive in kini time that book no go save you ohh in you’re already in hot water. He has lost so much weight.
official._betty wrote: I am not supposed to pity u but I do..it is well,but the law will take it’s place
aniskayjay wrote: It’s the book for me…How to strive in perilous time…..Pele ooo, serious student
ladyberry69 wrote: How to thrive in perilous times
_ibukunoluwanimi wrote: The book how to survive in serious timepele oo. surely he has learned a lesson.