The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has directed that Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James (Baba Ijesha) should be prosecuted for child defilement.
He faces life imprisonment if found guilty of all the offences that he is accused of. He is to be charged under the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
He was arrested by the police two weeks ago on allegation that he defiled and molested an under aged girl.
CCTV footage surfaced later when it was reported that the police wanted to release him. In the video, the accused was kissing fondling and molesting the girl.
Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo in a statement on Tuesday disclosed that the case file of Commissioner of Police v Olanrewaju was sent to the DPP on the 30th of April, 2021 by the Police for legal advice.
Onigbanjo noted that after due consideration of the facts in the case file, the DPP issued legal advice on the 4th of May, 2021, which is to the effect that a prima facie case has been disclosed against Mr. Olanrewaju James and recommended that he be charged under the provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused, according to the commissioner will be charged under five criminal laws of Lagos, 2015, which are: Section 135, Indecent Treatment of a child- punishable by 7 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 3 years imprisonment.
Onigbanjo said: “Whilst the State would ensure that Mr. Olanrewaju James’s rights as enshrined in the Constitution are upheld, the Ministry of Justice would not relent in its efforts in ensuring that whoever sexually abuses any resident of Lagos State is speedily brought to book.
“It is instructive to note that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has been consistent in its efforts in protecting the vulnerable in our society and since the establishment of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team in 2014, it has till date prosecuted over 800 cases of Sexual and Domestic offenses.”