Sexual assault’: Witness ‘scared’ to testify against Baba Ijesha in court - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE


Friday, 12 November 2021

Sexual assault’: Witness ‘scared’ to testify against Baba Ijesha in court

By Our Correspondent

The prosecution team of the Lagos government says one of the witnesses set to testify against Baba Ijesha, the embattled Yoruba actor, is scared to do so.

Baba Ijesha has been in a legal tussle since he was accused of assaulting a 14-year-old minor when she was 7.

The actor is already facing a six-count charge bordering on the indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by penetration.

At the last court sitting for the actor’s trial, a fresh child defilement allegation was brought against him by another alleged victim.

Parties to the case appeared before an Ikeja special offences court on Friday.

Yusuf Sule, state counsel, told the court that one of the witnesses was scared to testify against Baba Ijesha.

Sule was explaining the absence of two witnesses slated to testify against the actor in his ongoing trial for sexual assault.

“My lord, the first witness is a police officer, he could not come to court today because he has been transferred and needs to get permission from where he was posted,” Sule said.

“The second witness could not come to court; he is jittery, he is scared to come to court. My lord, we will ensure that all the witnesses are in court by next week Friday.”

Oluwatoyin Taiwo, the judge, adjourned the case until November 19 for the continuation of the trial.

Five witnesses have testified so far for the prosecution.

They include one of the alleged victims and Damilola ‘Princess’ Adekoya, her foster mother.

Others are Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode, a child expert; Aniekan Makanjuola, a medical doctor; and Wahab Kareem (ASP), a police officer.