Sexual assault: Actor Baba Ijesha appeals five years jail term

Popular Yoruba actor, Olanrewaju James, aka Baba Ijesha, has filed a notice of appeal challenging his conviction of five-year jail term.

Baba Ijesha approached the Lagos Division of the Appeal Court to set aside his conviction by a Lagos State High Court for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.

The actor was jailed by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo (retd.) of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on July 12, 2022 for assaulting a minor.

He, however, approached the Appeal Court to challenge the term, claiming he was unjustly jailed.

Baba Ijesha, through his counsel, Kayode Olabiran on Tuesday, told the Appeal Court that his client was set up and that he acted according to a script that he was invited to act on by his colleague.

“The appellant was set up. The appellant is an actor. He acted in a script that he was invited to act by his colleague (PW1), Damilola Adekoya,” he said.

But the Director of Public Prosecution, Babajide Martins, urged the court to dismiss the appeal for lacking in merit and also a misconception.

He urged the court to affirm the judgment of the lower court.