Baba Ijesha’s name added to sex offender registry
The name of Nollywood actor Olanrewaju Omiyinka aka Baba Ijesha has been listed on the Lagos State Sex Offender Registry.
The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency confirmed this to one of our correspondents on Friday.
This is how the International Federation of Women Lawyers described the judgment as a welcome development.
The agency’s executive secretary, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said: “All details of sex offenders are immediately entered into the sex offender registers once a conviction is obtained.”
Judge Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offenses Court on Thursday sentenced Baba Ijesha to 16 years in prison, adding that the jail terms should run concurrently for five years.
He had faced six counts of child defilement, including indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted penetrative sexual assault, and penetrative sexual assault brought against him by the Public Prosecutions Branch of the United States. State of Lagos.
Although the prosecution argued that the offenses contravened Sections 135, 137, 261, 202, 262 and 263 of the Lagos State Criminal Act 2015 which provides for life imprisonment for offenders, Baba Ijesha has pleaded not guilty to all counts.
A CCTV video recording detailing his relationship with the allegedly underage victim was played in court.
But in handing down his judgement, Judge Taiwo, who said the prosecution had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was guilty of all the charges against him, said the defendant guilty of four of the six charges against him.
Baba Ijesha was convicted on counts two, three, four and five; for the second count, he was imprisoned for three years; count three, five years; count four, three, and bagged five for count five.
The accused was indicted on June 24, 2021, during which six prosecution witnesses, including actress and comedian Princess; the 14-year-old child expert, Ms. Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode; and a doctor, Dr. Aniekan Makanjuola, testified against him.
Speaking to Saturday PUNCH, IFAD Badagry Branch President Adaku Mbama, however, added that Baba Ijesha was lucky not to have been convicted of penetrative sexual assault which would have made him liable to life imprisonment. perpetuity.
“He is extremely lucky because according to our laws if he is found guilty of penetration, it is life imprisonment. To go further, the man subjected a child to indecent treatment and a child is very vulnerable So thank God he (Baba Ijesha) escaped life imprisonment because if he went ahead to desecrate or even rape the child, so to speak, under section 260 of the Lagos state criminal law which states that if there is penetration of a child or girl, the penalty is life imprisonment.
“One thing about criminal justice is that it will always be there for life. If someone commits a criminal offense and thinks that after a few years, seven years, 10 years, he cannot be dug up, he will still be dug up,” Mbama said.
She further stated that FIDA expects the state government to immediately enter the name of the convict into the sex offender registry.