The Lagos State authorities has lined up six witnesses to prosecute embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, popularly generally known as Baba Ijesha for the sexual assault case in opposition to him.
The actor is being prosecuted for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old lady since she was seven.
But Baba Ijesha once more pleaded not responsible to expenses of kid molestation earlier than an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Thursday.
On June 16, Baba Ijesha was arraigned by the police on 5 counts at a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Yaba the place he pleaded not responsible.
On Thursday, the actor once more pleaded not responsible to 6 counts bordering on the indecent remedy of a kid, sexual assault, tried sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by penetration.
The offences contravened Sections 135, 259, 262, 263, and 262 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Following the plea, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Olayinka Adeyemi, requested that the defendant needs to be remanded by the court docket, NAN reviews.
Adeyemi stated that the prosecution had six witnesses within the case.
In a bail software supported by a 29-paragraph affidavit, Lead defence counsel, Dada Awosika (SAN), prayed the court docket to grant the defendant bail in liberal phrases.
The bail software was pursuant to Section 105(2) and (3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2015, and Sections 35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“I will wish to note that the issue of bail, especially on an offence of this nature, is a constitutional right.
“This is a right the defendant has been deprived of for the past 48 days when he was unlawfully held by the police.
“We are also not unconscious of the JUSUN strike which made it difficult to bring him to court,” he stated.
The counsel prayed the court docket to grant the defendant bail, saying that it was assured beneath the 1999 Constitution.
“Imagine if this man is kept in detention for many years and is found innocent, will there be any restitution? No.
“Justice and fairness should be done,” he stated.
In response, Adeyemi urged that the defendant needs to be denied bail.
According to her, the defendant is a flight danger and might affect witnesses, if granted bail.
“I want to bring to my lord’s attention the nature of one of the offences – sexual assault by penetration – which carries life imprisonment.
“Bail is a discretionary right, it is not a constitutional right.
“On the nature of the offence and the strength of the evidence, there is a prima facie case before your lordship.
“The court should take judicial notice of the crime which is rampant in society,” she stated.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo stood down proceedings, to provide a ruling on the bail software.