The court had on July 14 sentenced Baba Ijesha to five-years imprisonment for s–u-a-ll- as-au-t-ng a 14-year-old girl. An Ikeja Special Offences Court has fixed September 19 to rule on the bail application filed by convicted actor, Baba Ijesha.
The embattled actor, who was born James Olarewaju, is seeking bail for an appeal for the five years conviction handed to him for s-xu-ll- a-ss-ul-ing a 14-year- old girl.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned for ruling following the argument of the counsel on whether Baba Ijesha had met special circumstances for court to grant him bail.
The defence counsel, Chukwudi Adiukwu, informed the court that a notice for bail pending appeal has been submitted in pursuant to Section 6 (6) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Section 51 of the High Court law of Lagos State, administration of criminal justice law.
Adiukwu argued that the application admitted Baba Ijesha to bail, either unconditionally or upon reasonable conditions.
He said the application was brought before the court due to difficulty in getting a date at the Court of Appeal.
“My lord, this application is before this court because getting a date at the court of appeal might be difficult, considering the number of cases before them.
“We also take into cognizance the prison month calendar, the convict would have served his five years concurrent jail term within three years and six months, before the hearing might take place at the appeal court.
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“In addition my lord, the convict was was of good conduct before the court during his trial and he was never absent till the judgment.
“We urge the court to consider the special circumstances at granting bail to the convict,” he said.
The State Prosecution Counsel, Omowunmi Bajulaye-Bishi, however, argued that the defence failed in its address to establish the special circumstances which might grant the convict bail.
“My lord, the defence has failed woefully in addressing the special circumstances which can be used to grant the convict bail.
“We humbly urge the court to to refuse the bail application of the convict,” Bajulaye-Bishi said.
The court had on July 14 sentenced Baba Ijesha to five-years imprisonment for se-ua-ly as-au-t-ng a 14-year-old girl.
The court held that the prosecution had successfully proven the charge of s-xu-l as-a-lt of a minor and indecent treatment of a minor against the convict.
The judge, however, discharged and acquitted him of count one and six which were -ex-al assault by pe-et-at-on (which took place in 2014) and attempted -e-ual as-a-lt by pe-n-tr–ion, which took place in 2021.