The Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, popularly called Baba Ijesha, has been granted N2 million bail by the Special Offense and Domestic violence court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State, after over two months in detention over alleged defilement of a 14-year-old child.
According to the court, the actor, aside from N2 million bail bond, must provide two sureties and that both sureties must include a legal practitioner while the other must be living in Lagos State with a visible house address as well as must have been paying taxes for over three years.
In a ruling delivered by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo on Wednesday, the judge, after considering charges bothering on rape, sexual assault, and abuse of a minor, was granted bail on the ground that it was part of his fundamental human rights.
It would be recalled that the actor was arrested and detained by the Nigerian Police, Lagos Command for allegedly defiling the 14-year-old foster child of popular Comedienne, Adekola Adesanya, also known as Princess.
Earlier before the ruling, the state counsel, Olayinka Adeyemi, had said that the state government had filed six-count charges against the defendant and appealed that the court should take the defendant’s plea.
To ensure a fair hearing, the judge granted the appeal and Baba Ijesha, who had been docked, pleaded not guilty to all the charges leveled against him since his arrest over two months ago.
Subsequently, Adeyemi asked that the court fix a trial date and that the defendant be remanded in a correctional facility pending commencement of trial in the state.
In a counter-reaction, the defendant counsel, Babatunde Ogala, who was All Progressives Congress (APC) former legal counsel, informed the court that the defense team had filed a bail application and that copies of the request have been served on the prosecuting team.
Ogala, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, urged the court to grant them an audience to argue the bail application before making its ruling, an argument that was countered by the state counsel, who stated that her team was yet to verify the medical report which the defendants rely on for his bail consideration.
Adeyemi, during her argument before the judge, said the state had filed a six-count charge against the defendant, and that Baba Ijesha should be remanded pending the commencement of trial.
The actor was charged on six counts of sexual assault by penetration, indecent treatment of a child, and sexual assault, which contravene sections 259, 135, and 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011, as well as 135, 263, and 262 Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.