Court Watches Video Of 14-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Defiled by Baba Ijesha

A file photo of an accused child molester, Baba Ijesha.

 

 

The Lagos State Sexual Offences Court sitting in Ikeja has watched the video of the 14-year-old girl allegedly defiled by Nollywood actor James Olanrewaju, popularly known as Baba Ijesha.

The video was a taped recording of the child forensic interview conducted on May 15, 2021.

The interview was conducted by Mrs. Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode, a child expert and the Executive Director of the Cece Yara Foundation.

The video showed the victim seated on a sofa and talking to the child expert, about how Baba Ijesha allegedly defiled her at her home and later inside his car.

Mrs. Ajayi-Kayode could be seen in the video calming her, telling her to relax, and feel free to answer questions or decline to answer any question she didn’t feel comfortable with.

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In her responses to questions asked by Mrs. Ajayi-Kayode, the victim said she likes to read novels, watch cartoons and movies.

She recalled that 7 years ago, Baba Ijesha was a regular visitor to her house.

On the day of the alleged crime, she said her mother was out of the house and she was home alone watching a cartoon when the defendant came in.

She gave a description of the position of the settee, the shelf, and carpets in the sitting room.

Using female and male dolls for narration, the survivor described where the defendant sat after which he invited her to sit on his laps. She also used the dolls to describe how she was defiled by the defendant.

According to her, the defendant brought out his manhood and made her sit on it and after some time, she felt his wetness.

After this, she said Baba Ijesha used a handkerchief to clean himself while she went to the bathroom and used water, soap, and a towel to clean herself.

She also said that the second day, the defendant came again to her house and told her mother that he had brought fruits for her.

Her mother then instructed her to follow him to his car to collect the fruits.

According to her, his car was parked farther away from their house and when they got to it, Baba Ijesha opened the passenger door in front and she had to kneel on the seat and stretch out to reach the fruits on the back seat.

The survivor said it was while she was in this position that the defendant inserted his car key into her vagina.

She said after this incident, she did not ṣee Baba Ijesha again for about seven years until April 19 this year when he suddenly appeared again ìn their new house.

The minor in the interview said when Baba Ijesha came into the home this time; he initially acted like he was having a phone conversation; adding that the defendant began checking the apartment to know whether anyone was home before he approached her.

“He said you’re a smart young girl, my baby. Do you have a boyfriend? I said no and he said since you do not have a boyfriend now that you’re much more mature, you’re now mine, I am your boyfriend.

“He reminded me of the events of seven years agọ. He called me to come and sit on his legs and I said ‘No’. He said when I was small, I was not afraid of him, but now you are afraid.”

The child also told Mrs. Ajayi-Kayode that Baba Ijesha again began touching her sexually; after which he asked her to bring him some water.

“When I went to the kitchen, he followed me…It was at this point that my mother and the other men (CCTV company staff) came in,” she said.

At this stage, the Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs. Olayinka Adeyemi stopped playing the video clip on the orders of Justice Toyin Taiwo

Under cross-examination by the lead defence team, Babatunde Ogala (SAN), Mrs Ajayi-Kayode reminded the court that she was a qualified lawyer and certified child forensic expert, who was trained abroad.

She insisted that the brain of the child victim was well developed to recall events that took place 7 years ago.

She also maintained that the survivor gave a good account of what happened to her seven years ago without any interference.

Asked how she was able to determine if the survivor was telling the truth, she answered ìn the affirmative stressing that she only asked her open-ended questions.

‘She Narrated The Whole Truth’ – Forensic Expert Testifies In Baba Ijesha Case

A file photo of an accused child molester, Baba Ijesha.

 

The trial of Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka popularly called Baba Ijesha resumed on Tuesday at the Lagos State Special Offences Court with the testimony of a child forensic expert, Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode.

Ajayi-Kayode is the Executive Director of the Cece Yara Foundation, a non-governmental organisation founded to prevent child sexual abuse and provide emergency intervention for children.

The witness who told the court that she is a certified child forensic interview specialist said she led the forensic team that interviewed the alleged victim of Baba Ijesha’s consecutive sexual assaults.

Led in evidence by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, the expert testified that the alleged victim (names withheld) was bold, relaxed, cooperative and could recall events when she was being interviewed.

“The clinical presentation of child sexual abuse was quite evident. The perpetrator engaged the child in sexual activity when she was seven years old on two occasions, she said.

“On the 19th of April 2021, he sexually harassed her, touching her body. He told her: ‘I touched you some years back, you are so grown, so developed. Do you have a boyfriend? We have some unfinished business.

“These are the clinical presentations of child sexual abuse.

“These are the dynamics of child sexual abuse and the modus operandi of perpetrators – inculcation of secrecy, intimidation, threat or coercion,” she said.

The expert also said that child sexual abuse involved only the victim and the perpetrator, adding that because of his or her vulnerability, a child might not be able to comprehend the magnitude of the offence.

“My conclusion is that she narrated the whole truth, she was tenacious, she was bold and relaxed,” the expert said.

Ajayi-Kayode said that after the interview, she drafted a forensic interview report which was tendered in evidence along with a flash drive containing the digital recording of the interview session (which is to be viewed at the next court hearing)

The court admitted both documents as exhibits and fixed Oct 20 for the cross-examination of the witness.

Before her testimony, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo overruled the request for adjournment made by a member of the defence team representing Baba Ijesha.

The defence sought the adjournment owing to the absence of two senior advocates – Babatunde Ogala and Dada Awosika, who appeared for the Nollywood actor at previous proceedings.

Both lawyers had written to the court, asking for an adjournment on account of being indisposed and out of the country.

But the DPP who represented the state opposed the application for adjournment.

She submitted that the date of this sitting had been communicated to all counsel since August 19 and there was no basis for an adjournment.

Justice Taiwo agreed with her and ruled that the case must continue. She ordered the state to call its third prosecution witness.

On the 24th of June, Baba Ijesha was arraigned before the court on a 6-count charge of attempted sexual assault, sexual assault of a minor and indecent treatment of a child.

According to the charge, the defendant committed the offence in 2013, 2014 and on April 19 at Iwaya, Yaba area of Lagos.

“Sometime between 2013 and 2014, the defendant sexually abused the complainant (name withheld), then aged seven, by inserting his car keys into her vagina, the charge sheet read.

“He also placed her on his laps, touched her in a sexual manner and rubbed his penis on her body.

“On April 19, he indecently treated and sexually assaulted the complainant, now 14, by sucking her fingers and touching her in a sexual manner.

“He also attempted to have sexual intercourse with the complainant by unbuckling his belt and unzipping his trousers after sexually assaulting her,” the DPP told the court.

The offence, the prosecution said, contravened the provisions of sections 135, 259, 262, 263 and 262 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Baba Ijesha pleaded not guilty to the 6-count charge and was granted bail in the sum of N2m with two sureties.

At the last sitting of the court on August 11th, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo had admitted in evidence of two videotapes tendered by the prosecution through comedian, Adekola Adekanye also known as Princess. The tapes allegedly contained clips of the defendant molesting the victim.

The 14-year-old victim (name withheld), had also given her testimony behind closed doors because of the law protecting minors from undue public exposure.

Singer Choked Her When She Was 16 Says R. Kelly Accuser

FILES) In this file photo taken on March 22, 2019 US music artist R. Kelly (L) leaves the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building after a hearing for his sex abuse case in Chicago, Illinois.
Joshua Lott / AFP

 

A woman told R. Kelly’s trial Thursday that the disgraced R&B star choked her until she passed out during a six-month sexual relationship they had when she was a teenager.

Jerhonda Pace, now 28, wept as she read aloud from a journal entry describing how Kelly slapped her, saying “If I lied to him again, it’s not going to be an open hand next time.”

“He choked me during an argument” before she had sex with him, wrote the then 16-year-old Pace, who said that after having sex with Kelly for the last time she “became fed up, and I went home and confessed.”

Pace also said Kelly had requested she dress as a Girl Scout and do her hair in pigtails during sex, which he filmed.

During cross-examination, defense attorney Deveraux Cannick aimed to present Pace as a “groupie” who was “stalking” Kelly after their relationship’s end, which Pace denied.

The accuser also told Cannick that if she was on Kelly’s “bad side” she sometimes waited up to three days for permission to use the restroom.

Pace is among the women who have accused Kelly of spreading herpes to her without disclosing that he had contracted the virus.

Kelly’s doctor for 25 years, Kris McGrath, testified Thursday that he prescribed the musician medication to treat symptoms of genital herpes as early as 2007.

McGrath — who also socialized with Kelly –- said he prescribed the singer herpes medication “so often that I memorized the phone number” of the pharmacy.

Kelly, 54, is charged with racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery and forced labor between 1994 and 2018.

He denies the charges, but faces between 10 years and life in prison if convicted on all counts.

The trial, expected to last a month, finally got underway in a Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday after a delay of more than a year caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Baba Ijesha To Be Arraigned On Thursday

A file photo accused child molester, Baba Ijesha.

 

 

Popular Yoruba actor, James Olanrewaju (also known as Baba Ijesha), will be arraigned on Thursday before a Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja on allegations of sexual assault of a minor.

He will be arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo on a six-count charge.

Particulars of the charge read: Indecent Treatment of a Child, Sexual Assault and Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration contrary to Sections 135, 263 and 262 of the Criminal Law Ch C17, Vol. 3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015 and Sexual Assault by Penetration contrary to *Sections 259* Criminal Law Ch C17, Vol. 3, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

Lawyers to Baba Ijesha have also filed an application for his bail before the court dated the 21st of June 2021.

Baba Ijesha has been in custody since his arrest on April 22.

He was granted bail on May 17 following an intervention by members of the Lagos State Judiciary in collaboration with the State’s Ministry of Justice in a move aimed at decongesting Police Stations in the State.

He was, however, unable to meet the bail conditions and remained in custody.

On the 16th of June, Baba Ijesha was arraigned by the police on a five count charge at a Chief Magistrate Court in Yaba. He pleaded not guilty.

His counsel, Kayode Olabiran, made a fresh application for bail.

He said, “Mr. Olanrewaju has remained in police custody because one of the bail conditions is yet to be met”.

“On May 17, the Ministry of Justice, the Judiciary, the NBA and the police took an initiative to decongest jam-packed cells across the State. My client was one of the beneficiaries and the conditions given were two sureties, one must be a blood relation and another surety not less than level 16 in the Lagos state government civil service.

“The elder brother to the defendant has appeared as a surety and we have paid the N500,000 bail bond to the account of the Lagos state government but we have not been able to get a level 16 officer to stand as surety,” Mr Olabiran said.

Explaining further, the lawyer said they got three different level 16 officers but one turned them down and two others declined upon hearing that they need to get a clearance letter from the head of service.

“The level 16 officers are afraid of being issued a query.

“We are applying for bail on a compassionate ground and in the interest of justice,” Mr Olabiran said, urging the magistrate to consider the visibly ill health of his client.

A counsel from the office of the DPP, Mobolaji Owoebute-Okedeji, opposed the bail application.

He said, “the matter has been already filed at the High Court, and he urged the court to refuse bail.

After considering all the submissions, Magistrate Peter Nwaka declined to grant the defendant bail on the grounds that he no longer had jurisdiction over the matter

The magistrate said, “I have carefully considered the application of the counsel to the defendant seeking bail for the defendant and the opposition by the counsel from the DPP.

“Since there are indications that the matter is before the high court and the defendant will appear before the court, no bail can be given.

“The defendant must be accorded full medical attention by the authorities pending his arraignment at the high court,” the magistrate said.

Alleged Sexual Assault: Baba Ijesa Pleads Not Guilty, Court Denies Him Bail

Baba Ijesha at the court premises on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

 

Hopes of freedom for popular Nollywood actor, James Olanrewaju, popularly known as Baba Ijesha was dashed on Wednesday following the ruling by a Chief Magistrate court sitting in the Yaba area of Lagos.

The actor is charged with alleged indecent treatment of a child, defilement of a Child, sexual assault by penetration, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault-which contravenes sections 135, 137, 261, 202, 262, and 263 of the Lagos State Criminal Law 2015.

He pleaded not guilty to all the five-count leveled against him.

During the reading of the counts, Magistrate Nwaka noted that Baba Ijesha kept bending over and showing signs of discomfort and this prompted the question:

“Are you okay?

“Do you want to sit down?

“Give him a chair to sit on,”  the Magistrate said.

The police prosecutor in the matter has however told the Magistrate that proceedings concerning Baba Ijesha will now be handled by the DPP following information filed before the High Court.

On his part, counsel to the defendant, Kayode Olabiran made a fresh application for bail of Baba Ijesha.

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He said, “Mr Olanrewaju has remained in police custody because one of the bail conditions is yet to be met.”

“On May 17, the Ministry of Justice, the Judiciary, the NBA, and the police took an initiative to decongest jam-packed cells across the State. My client was one of the beneficiaries and the conditions given were  – two sureties, one must be a blood relation and another surety not less than level 16 in the Lagos State government civil service.

“The elder brother to the defendant has appeared as a surety and we have paid the N500,000 bail bond to the account of the Lagos State government but we have not been able to get a level 16 officer to stand as surety,” Mr Olabiran said.

Explaining further, the lawyer said they got three different levels 16 officers but one turned them down along the line and two others declined upon hearing that they need to get a clearance letter from the Head of Service.

“The level 16 officers are afraid of being issued a query. We are applying for bail on compassionate ground and in the interest of justice,” Mr Olabiran added, urging the Magistrate to consider the visibly ill health of his client.

A counsel from the office of the DPP, Mobolaji Owoebute-Okedeji, opposed the bail application.

He said the matter has been already filed at the High Court, and he urged the court to refuse bail.

In his ruling, Magistrate Peter Nwaka refused to vary his bail condition on charges of rape, sexual assault, and abuse of a minor.

After considering all the submissions, Magistrate Nwaka declined to grant the defendant bail on the grounds that he no longer had jurisdiction over the matter.

“I have carefully considered the application of the counsel to the defendant seeking bail for the defendant and the opposition by the counsel from the DPP.

“Since there are indications that the matter is before the high court and the defendant will appear before the court, no bail can be given,” the Magistrate said.

The court also ordered that the defendant must be accorded full medical attention by the authorities pending his arraignment at the high court and adjourned the matter to July 13 for mention.