Popular Yoruba actor, James Olanrewaju Omiyinka a.k.a. Baba Ijesha, currently in police custody at Panti, Yaba, Lagos, over allegation of rape may be jailed for life if found guilty.
This is just as the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Team has said that it was actively following up on the case that has attracted wide spread attention and condemnation.
Baba Ijesha is in police custody for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl.
The agency, in series of tweets, stated that it was also in direct contact with the complainant, popular comedienne, Adekola Adekanya, otherwise called Princess, who is the guardian of the minor, with a view to providing the necessary support.
It said: “We confirm that the duplicate case file has been forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice. For avoidance of doubt, the following allegations are being considered:
“1. Sexual Assault by Penetration- S 261 of the Criminal law of Lagos State, 2015 punishable by Life imprisonment
“2. Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration-S262 of the Criminal law, punishable by 14 years imprisonment
“3. Sexual Assault- S263 of the Criminal Law, punishable by 3 years imprisonment
“4. Indecent treatment of a child- S135 of the Criminal Law punishable by 7 years imprisonment.”
It added: “We have absolute confidence in the criminal justice system as well as social support structures in Lagos State in ensuring justice is served in this matter and, most importantly, the survivor receives the relevant support on her journey towards healing.”
The agency reiterated the Lagos State Government’s position on zero tolerance to all forms of sexual and gender-based violence and its firm commitment in ensuring justice for survivors.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, while parading some suspects at the command headquarters in Ikeja, on Thursday, said Omiyinka would remain in custody pending legal advice from the Ministry of Justice.