Baba Ijesha pleads not guilty, granted N2m bail

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Embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka popularly known as Baba Ijesha on Thursday pleaded not guilty to charges of child molestation.

Baba Ijesha is being arraigned before the Lagos State Special Offence and Domestic Violence Court over s.e.x.u.al assault charges.

Baba Ijesha pleaded not guilty to a six-count charge bordering on the indecent treatment of a child, se.xual assault, attempted se.xual assault by penetration and s.ex.ual assault by penetration.

The offences contravene Sections 135, 259, 262, 263 and 262 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, following the plea, requested that the defendant should be remanded by the court.

Meanwhile, the lead defence counsel, Mr Dada Awosika (SAN), in a bail application supported by a 29-paragraph affidavit, prayed the court to grant the defendant bail in liberal terms.

The bail application was brought pursuant to Section 105(2) and (3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2015, and Sections 35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

Awosika said, “I will wish to note that the issue of bail, especially on an offence of this nature, is a constitutional right.

“This is a right the defendant has been deprived of for the past 48 days when he was unlawfully held by the police.

“We are also not unconscious of the JUSUN strike which made it difficult to bring him to court,” he said.

The counsel prayed the court to grant the defendant bail, saying that it was guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution.

“Imagine if this man is kept in detention for many years and is found innocent, will there be any restitution? No.

“Justice and fairness should be done.”

He was later granted a N2m bail.

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