Tuesday 4 May 2021

Baba Ijesa risks life imprisonment as Lagos moves to file charges

Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James aka (Baba Ijesha) could be sentenced to life imprisonment as the Lagos government moves to charge him for sexual assault by penetration, among 

other crimes.

In a statement on Tuesday, Moyosore Onigbanjo, the state commissioner for justice, said the state’s directorate of public prosecutions has recommended five charges “after due consideration of the facts in the case file.”

According to the statement, “ Olanrewaju James also known as Baba Ijesha to be charged 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.”

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