The Ikeja Special Offences Court said it will rule on the case of Nollywood star Olanrewaju James, alias Baba Ijesha, on June 14, 2022, whether he was guilty or not.
Remember that the comedian is charged with six counts of defilement of a child.
After the prosecution and defense counsel had made their final written addresses, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo quickly postponed the matter for judgment when the hearing was resumed on Monday.
Indecent treatment of a minor, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by penetration were all charged against Baba Ijesha. The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions brought the allegations against him (DPP).
Despite the fact that the accused had pled not guilty to the allegations against him in many sittings, the court would decide his destiny next week.
Dada Awosika, the defendant’s lawyer, sought the court to dismiss the case and discharge the defendant in his final written address dated May 12 and filed on May 16.
In his previous argument, Awosika claimed that the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) material was taken illegally. “The show was not offered by the maker,” he explained. Princess, the complaint, submitted it.”
He further claimed that the footage given in court as an exhibit had been altered with, claiming that the defendant did not go to the complainant’s house without permission. Awosika went on to say that this was all the more bizarre because he had been accused of a crime seven years previously that had gone unreported to the authorities.
He further claimed that the defendant’s alleged confessional statement violated Section 9 (3) of the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) of 2021.
He asked the court to check into the facts and discredit the confessional statement right away, pointing out that the defendant hurried quickly to participate in a short performance that got him into difficulty.
Exhibits D and E given do not complement each other, according to Awosika, when it comes to the age of the girl in issue.
“It is our submission, My Lord, that the court is obligated to call the biological mother inside the box to tell us her true age or her birth certificate or scientific proof to ascertain the age, but none was done,” he added.
“The prosecution agreed that the minor’s age should be determined. It has also decided that nothing has been done to provide the true age,” Awosika continued.