Omiyinka Olanrewaju, aka Baba Ijesha, has been found guilty of sexual assault involving a minor by the Ikeja special offences court in Lagos State.
As a result, the court sentenced him to 16 years in prison for the felony.
This was stated in the two-hour judgment delivered by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Thursday, after he convicted Baba Ijesha of indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, and attempted sexual assault.
Baba Ijesha has been embroiled in a protracted legal battle after allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
On June 24, 2021, Baba Ijesha was arraigned. Six prosecution witnesses testified against him during the trial.
Princess, the 14-year-old minor, Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode, a child expert, Aniekan Makanjuola, a medical doctor, Wahab Kareem, the investigating police officer, and Abigail Omane, a policewoman, are among those involved.
He is charged with indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by penetration on six counts.
The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions filed the charges against him (DPP).
Previously, it was reported that the popular Yoruba actor claimed the scene depicting his alleged molestation of a minor was part of the film’s production.
The actor told the court that the minor’s foster mother, Damilola Adekoya alias Princess, had asked him to kiss the minor and that he was acting out a script.
Dada Awosika, the defense counsel, led him in evidence when he made this revelation (SAN).
Baba Ijesha claimed he received a call from Princess, who asked him to be a part of the movie production.
In addition, a Clinical Psychologist, Dr Olukayode Olugbemi, testified as the third defence witness before an Ikeja Special Offences Court that a 14-year-old minor who was allegedly defiled by Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, alias Baba Ijesha, appeared to have been tutored in her narration of what happened.
Mrs Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode, a child rights expert and prosecution witness, was also interviewed, and Olugbemi noted that “something was wrong” with the footage.
He made the claim as the third defense witness before an Ikeja Special Offences Court.