In a new development to the Baba Ijesha child molestation case, it turns out the indigenous actor could face life imprisonment for sexual assault by penetration among other crimes.
A statement by the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Moyosore Onigbanjo said the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) issued legal advice on Tuesday that a prima facie case has been disclosed against Olarenwaju.
The actor whose real name is James Olanrewaju has been accused of sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl. From the foregoing, James is to be tried under;
Section 135 – indecent treatment of a child- punishable by seven years imprisonment;
Section 137 – defilement of a child – punishable by life imprisonment;
Section 261 – sexual assault by penetration – punishable by life imprisonment;
Section 262 – attempted sexual assault by penetration – punishable by 14 years imprisonment and section 263 – sexual assault- punishable by three years imprisonment
“While the state would ensure James’ rights as enshrined in the constitution are upheld, the Ministry of Justice would not relent in its efforts at ensuring that whoever sexually abuses any resident of Lagos is speedily brought to book,” a statement to that effect reads.
On, April 22, PREMIUM TIMES reported that the Lagos State police command arrested the actor for allegedly raping a minor.
The Lagos State Police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had said preliminary findings revealed that the suspect allegedly began sexually assaulting the victim, 14, since she was 7 years of age.
More details about the case, however, emerged on Tuesday night when Nigerian comedian, Damilola Adekoya aka Princess, revealed she was the guardian of the 14-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her colleague.
Princess later clarified that her colleague only raped the minor twice “and not for seven years as the police claimed.”
Princess reported the incident at Sabo Police Station, Yaba, Lagos.