On Monday, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court adjourned the alleged child molestation case against Nollywood star Olanrewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha, to July 14, 2022.
Six counts of child defilement have been filed against Baba Ijesha, including claims of indecent treatment of a minor, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by penetration.
After the prosecution and defense counsel had adopted their final written addresses, Justice Taiwo adjourned the matter for judgment.
During the court hearing, the defense counsel, D.A Awosika (SAN), stated that the court should not give exhibit A (CCTV film) any weight and should discard it because it had been tampered with.
“The original Closed-Circuit Television footage has been modified with by the maker, Princess, and was not offered as exhibit in its original form, according to specialists,” Awosika stated.
“Exhibit A was obtained illegally because the defendant was invited because of an event that occurred seven years ago and for which no police record was filed.”
“It is our view that the alleged victim’s age is a problem, and the court is obligated to contact the victim’s biological mother, who is still living, to determine the victim’s age, either by birth certificate, the biological mother, or scientifically, because it was not mentioned.”
The prosecuting attorney, Dr Babajide Martins, said the seven witnesses’ testimony could not be thrown out.
Martins stated, ”
“During cross-examination, Lawrence Ayeni, a CCTV expert, verified that CCTV film cannot be edited or tampered with, and that it also cannot say whether or not the sexual assault occurred.
According to the Administration of Criminal Justice statute, “primary legislation supersedes secondary legislation.” As a result, we ask the court to consider the expert testimony of those who have given their all to help resolve the matter.
“We encourage the court to sentence the offender as charged since written addresses cannot be substituted for actual testimonies of evidence produced in court.”
“Both the event that occurred seven years ago and the incident that occurred in 2021, the defendant admitted to being with the girl.”
The case was adjourned to July 14, 2022, by Justice Taiwo.