In a brand new growth, there’s been indications that embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, recognized higher as Baba Ijesha, who was just lately arrested over allegations of molesting a minor, could also be launched on bail from custody on Friday, April 30.
In response to a police supply who spoke with Punch, the continuing strike motion by members of the Judicial Employees Union of Nigeria has prevented courts within the state from sitting and has prevented the police from arraigning the suspect. The police supply stated Baba Ijesha couldn’t be detained indefinitely with out trial.
The supply went on so as to add that investigation into the case reveals the actor didn’t defile the sufferer, including that when she was questioned, the sufferer confirmed the identical.
The senior police officer stated,
“There was no case of defilement, persons are simply speaking out of sentiment. They aren’t speaking from the purpose of regulation. We interviewed all events concerned within the case for 3 hours right this moment (Wednesday).
The mom complained that her little one was on the age of seven when she was defiled and the kid pointed at Baba Ijesha. However the case was not reported till she was 14 years and underneath the regulation, the case has grow to be statute-barred.
Concerning this new case, the CCTV footage has been assessed and nowhere was it captured that Baba Ijesha defiled her. The footage solely confirmed him touching the sufferer’s physique nevertheless it by no means confirmed him having any sexual activity with the lady. The lady additionally confirmed the identical factor.
So, in regulation, it’s a case of indecent assault and never sexual harassment, and it’s open to bail. So, can we proceed to maintain him when the offence is topic to bail and when there isn’t any court docket sitting? That’s in opposition to his elementary human rights and the police don’t work on sentiments. Directives have been given out for his launch on bail.”
The supply, nonetheless, acknowledged that regardless of granting Omiyinka bail, an investigation would proceed, including that the command had additionally sought authorized opinion from the state Ministry of Justice.
“A check was just lately achieved on the sufferer and it was found that she had penetration. Is it the penetration of seven years that’s nonetheless evident now, and who penetrated her then? Is there any medical report linking the person (Omiyinka) to the crime?
The CCTV footage by no means confirmed Baba Ijesha defiling her, however he confessed to touching her physique indecently and apologised, and the lady confirmed the identical.
Investigation remains to be ongoing and we have now instructed them to conduct a medical examination on the sufferer at a authorities recognised medical facility. We’re not specialists within the subject and we have now additionally sought authorized opinion from the Ministry of Justice.” the police supply stated
Culled from Punch
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