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Baba Ijesha: How Princess was able to recall defilement – Child expert tells court



A prosecution witness, Mrs Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode on Wednesday stated {that a} minor was able to recalling occasions that occurred when she was aged seven years.

Ajayi-Kayode, a authorized practitioner and Govt Director of the Cece Yara Basis, a Non-Governmental Organisation, is the third prosecution witness within the ongoing trial of Olanrewaju James, a Nollywood actor.

The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) stories that the prosecution witness made the assertion whereas being cross-examined within the trial of James alias Baba Ijesha, who’s dealing with trial for little one defilement.

Ajayi-Kayode, who was being cross examined by defence counsel, Mr Babatunde Ogala, informed the Ikeja Particular Offences Courtroom, that the kid’s mind cells had been developed sufficient to completely recall occasions precisely.

“The mind cells are effectively developed sufficient to completely recall occasions precisely ascending from teenage years to maturity.

“At seven-years the kid has sufficient speech for a story recall of occasions that transpired,” she stated.

Ajayi-Kayode stated that when she carried out a forensic interview on the minor, she gave a “free narrative recall” of occasions that transpired seven-years in the past.

The witness stated that in the course of the interview, she requested the minor “impartial, open-ended” questions to find out whether or not or not she was being coached or mendacity.


The witness stated that she wouldn’t declare that the minor was uncared for as a result of from her expertise, 90 per cent of people that abuse minors are well-known to the kids.

Additionally, Mr Dada Awosika (SAN), a member of the defence workforce, requested to know from which establishment Ajayi-Kayode obtained her qualification in little one forensic psychology.

The prosecution witness stated that although her tutorial background was in legislation and social welfare, she was licensed in little one forensic interviews by present process a sequence of trainings.

Recall that the embattled actor is dealing with a six-count cost bordering on indecent therapy of a kid, sexual assault, tried sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration.

Actress and comedienne Ms Damilola Adekoya alias Princess, the foster mom of the minor and Nollywood actress, Ms Iyabo Ojo, had been current in courtroom in the course of the proceedings.

The prosecution led by Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has to this point introduced three witnesses within the ongoing trial.

The witnesses are – Princess, the foster mom of the minor, the minor and Ajayi-Kayode, a baby skilled.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case till Oct. 21 for continuation of trial.

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