Alleged rape: Baba Ijesha to remain in prison after court denies bail

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Nigerian actor Olanrewaju James (popularly known as Baba Ijesha) appeared before a Yaba Magistrates Court in Lagos state on Wednesday for alleged sexual assault and attempted rape of a minor.

The 48-year-old man was indicted on four counts of penetrative sexual assault, attempted rape and indecent treatment of a child.

However, he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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The prosecutor, ASP Thomas Nurudeen, told the court that the defendant committed the crimes in 2013 and on April 19, 2021, at number 13, Wegbo St., Iwaya, Lagos state.

According to him, the actor sexually assaulted the minor in 2013 when she was seven years old, using her private part and a key to rub the minor’s private part.

Nurudeen added that the defendant sexually assaulted the minor when she was 14 years old by touching all parts of her body indecently and having indecent dealings with her that he could not legally consent to.

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The alleged crimes contravene articles 261, 262, 263 and 135 of the 2015 Lagos State Penal Law (revised).

Chief Magistrate PE Nwaka accepted the defendant’s statement, but ruled that his request for bail should be taken to the Lagos High Court.

Nwaka deferred the case until July 14 for mention.

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