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Child Defilement: Nigerians React As Actor, Baba Ijesha Faces Possible Life Imprisonment

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A cross-section of Nigerians has expressed divergent views in response to the Lagos State authorities’s advice of the prosecution of Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, referred to as ‘Baba Ijesha’, underneath 5 provisions of Prison Legal guidelines of the state.

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Whereas some agreed with the potential for life imprisonment, many argued that terrorists and murderers ought to get life imprisonment – not Baba Ijesha.



The police had in April arrested Baba Ijesha for sexually harassing a 14-year-old lady.

In a press release on Tuesday, Moyosore Onigbanjo, Lagos state Legal professional-Common mentioned Baba Ijesha could be charged underneath the Prison Legislation of Lagos State.

One of many fees is for Indecent Therapy of a kid, which is punishable by seven years imprisonment. One other is Defilement of a Little one, which is punishable by life imprisonment. 

Sexual Assault by Penetration can be punishable by life imprisonment. Baba Ijesha can be being charged for Tried Sexual Assault by Penetration, punishable by 14 years imprisonment, and Sexual Assault, which is punishable by three years imprisonment.

The assertion learn, “While the state would be certain that Mr. Olanrewaju James’s rights as enshrined within the Structure are upheld, the Ministry of Justice wouldn’t relent in its efforts in making certain that whoever sexually abuses any resident of Lagos State is speedily dropped at guide.

“It’s instructive to notice that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has been constant in its efforts in defending the weak in our society and for the reason that institution of the Home and Sexual Violence Response Workforce in 2014, it has until date prosecuted over 800 instances of Sexual and Home offenses.

“The Legal professional-Common hereby assures Lagosians and certainly Nigerians that in accordance with the DPP’s recommendation, fees could be filed accordingly.”

In the meantime, Nigerians on Twitter expressed divergent views.

@asonye_stephen mentioned, “He cannot get a life for that. Could also be an extended jail time period however clearly not lifetime imprisonment.”

@Agadax requested, “What of the choose who’s going to move the judgement, what number of years imprisonment is he going to get, or a few of our flesh pressers what number of of them get imprisonment?”

@Kondix tweeted, “With the general public prosecution and lapses, a wise lawyer will get him off. Do not rely your chickens earlier than…. I AM NOT IN SUPPORT OF ANY FORM OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT. However let the regulation take its course.”

@whizTido mentioned, “Sanwo-Olu ought to be charged life imprisonment as an alternative of Baba ijesha for the genocide he dedicated on peaceable protesters at Lekki toll gate.”

@shinawilliams2 mentioned, “Wetin occur now? He no kill particular person now, sending him to jail is ok, not life imprisonment.”

@doyeayanniyine1 mentioned, “If Baba Ijesa is discovered responsible of this offence and he’s giving life imprisonment, what of these terrorists who kill harmless individuals?”

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