Forensic expect reveals how Baba Ijesha allegedly inserted a car key into the private part of a minor as he defiled her twice.
KanyiDaily recalls that Baba Ijesha was charged on six counts of child defilement, for allegedly defiling a 14-year-old girl since the past 7 years.
Testifying before an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Tuesday, Ajayi-Kayode told the court that she was a certified child forensic interview specialist.
Led in evidence by Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Ajayi-Kayode testified as the third prosecution witness.
The forensic expert revealed that the clinical report on the minor showed Baba Ijesha allegedly engaged the child in sexual activities when she was 7 on two occasions and on one occasion inserted his car key into her vagina.
According to her, the forensic interview she had with the victim showed engagement and suppression of the minor as Baba Ijesha had asked the minor not to inform anyone.
Ajayi-Kayode added that the alleged victim was relaxed, cooperative and could recall events when she was being interviewed.
“The clinal presentation of child sexual abuse was quite evident. The perpetrator engaged the child in sexual activity when she was seven years old, on two occasions.
“On the 19th of April 2021, he sexually harassed her, touching her body. He told her: ‘I touched you some years back, you are so grown, so developed. Do you have a boyfriend? We have some unfinished business.
“He asked the child if he should remove his penis and asked her to sit on his lap,” the witness told the court.
“He told her not to tell anybody. The perpetrator also inserted his car key into her vagina and asked her not to tell anyone.”
“These are the clinical presentations of child sexual abuse.
“These are the dynamics of child sexual abuse and the modus operandi of perpetrators – inculcation of secrecy, intimidation, threat or coercion,” she said.
The expert noted that child sexual abuse involved only the victim and the perpetrator, adding that because of his or her vulnerability, a child might not be able to comprehend the magnitude of the offence.
Ajayi-Kayode said she drafted a forensic report which was recorded digitally during during the interview and subsequently presented it to the court by the prosecution as evidence.
Flash drives containing the digital forensic interview of the minor was also tendered in evidence by the prosecution and was marked Exhibits H and H1.
“My conclusion is that she narrated the whole truth, she was tenacious, she was bold and relaxed,” the expert said.
The defence sought an adjournment due to the absence of Baba Ujesha’s lead counsel, Mr Babatunde Ogala (SAN) and Mr Dada Awosika (SAN).
A member of the defence team, Mr N.A. Adeyemi said that Ogala, in a letter dated Sept. 27, had asked for an adjournment of proceedings because he would be unavoidably absent.
The trail judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo consequently adjourned the case to Oct. 20 for cross-examination of the witness.
Actress and comedienne Damilola Adekoya (alias Princess), the foster mother of the minor, and Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo were present in court during Tuesday’s proceedings.
KanyiDaily recalls that Princess also narrated how Baba Ijesha allegedly defiled her foster daughter while she was watching cartoons.