Lagos State Government charges Baba Ijesha to court, faces possible life imprisonment

The Lagos State Government has charged popular Nollywood actor, Olarenwaju James Omiyinka better known as Baba Ijesha to court and faces possible life imprisonment after raping a teenager for 7years.

In the CCTV footage that surfaced online on Sunday, May 2, Baba Ijesa was recently caught on tape harassing a minor. He was also seen confessing to the crime and pleading for forgiveness.

In a Tuesday’s statement released by Mr. Onigbanjo, who is also the state Attorney-General, it was revealed that Baba Ijesha will be tried under five provisions of the criminal law of Lagos State.

The five charges includes;

 

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  • Section 135, Indecent Treatment of a child, which is punishable by seven years imprisonment.
  • Section 137- Defilement of a Child-, punishable by life imprisonment
  • Section 261. Sexual Assault by Penetration- punishable by life imprisonment
  • Section 262- Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration, punishable by 14 years imprisonment and
  • Section 263, Sexual Assault-punishable by 3 years imprisonment.

“Whilst the State would ensure that Mr. Olanrewaju James’s rights as enshrined in the Constitution are upheld, the Ministry of Justice would not relent in its efforts in ensuring that whoever sexually abuses any resident of Lagos State is speedily brought to book,” Mr. Onigbanjo said.

 

“It is instructive to note that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has been consistent in its efforts in protecting the vulnerable in our society and since the establishment of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team in 2014, it has till date prosecuted over 800 cases of Sexual and Domestic offenses.

“The Attorney-General hereby assures Lagosians and indeed Nigerians that in accordance with the DPP’s advise, charges would be filed accordingly.”

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