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Court Sentences Actor Baba Ijesha To 16 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault On Minor

Baba Ijesha has been convicted for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old minor.

Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court has sentenced a Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, to 16 years imprisonment for sexually assaulting a minor.

Court Sentences Actor Baba Ijesha To 16 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault On Minor

Baba Ijesha Sentenced

KanyiDaily had reported that the actor is undergoing trial before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo on six-count charges of indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by penetration.

Baba Ijesha’s rape trial lasted over 12 months since his arrest and arraignment in June 2021 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, who is the foster daughter of his female colleague, Damilola Adekoya alias Comedian Princess.

The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions, which proffered the charges against the actor, argued that the offences contravene Section 135, 137, 261, 202, 262 and 263 of the Lagos State Criminal Law 2015, which stipulates life imprisonment for offenders.

Baba Ijesha pleaded not guilty to all the counts. However, a Closed-Circuit Television video recording detailing his relationship with the victim said to be a minor was played in court.

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Delivering the judgment on Thursday, July 14, 2022, Justice Taiwo said that the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of all the charges against him.

However, she found the defendant guilty of four of the six counts against him.

Baba Ijesha was found guilty of count two, three, four and five.

For count two, he was jailed for three years; count three, five years; count four, three years and sentenced five years for count five.

The justice said the jail terms are to run concurrently for five years.

KanyiDaily recalls that during the previous trial, Baba Ijesha told the court that he was acting movie script with the 14-year-old girl in a viral video that showed him defiling the minor.

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