POPULAR Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka also known as Baba Ijesha, will face five sexual assault and defilement charges following allegation that he molested a 14-year-old adopted daughter of one of his colleagues.
The Lagos State government Tuesday recommended the charges after due consideration of the case file forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution by the police on April 30, 2021.
According to a statement by Lagos Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo – SAN, Baba Ijesha is to be charged under the following provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015: Section 135, indecent treatment of a child punishable by 7 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 three years imprisonment.
“Whilst the State would ensure that Mr. Olanrewaju lames’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,’’ the statement 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 assured Lagosians and indeed Nigerians that in accordance with the DPP’s advise, charges would be filed accordingly.