Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Justice has advised the State Police Command to charge embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James popularly known as baba ijesha to Court using (5) sections under the Criminal Law of Lagos State.
The punishments range from 3, 7, 14 years and life sentences if found guilty.
This was contained in a statement signed on Tuesday by the State Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo.
ALEDEH News had reported that the actor who is currently in Police custody is accused of molesting the foster daughter of Nigerian Comedian, Oluwadamilola Adekoya popularly known as Princess.
The revelation has led to controversies as video evidence are being circulated online.
In one of the videos, the actor admitted to child molestation and begged for forgiveness.
In the second video, Baba Ijesha was seen making sexual advances to the 14-year-old girl. Although, Princess has denied authorising the release of the second video.
On Tuesday, Onigbanjo said “after due consideration of the facts in the case file,” the Ministry recommended that Baba Ijesha is charged under the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
One of the charges includes Indecent Treatment of a child, which is punishable by seven years imprisonment.
Another is Defilement of a Child, which is punishable by life imprisonment.
Sexual Assault by Penetration is also punishable by life imprisonment.
Baba Ijesha is also being charged for Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration, punishable by 14 years imprisonment, and Sexual Assault, which is punishable by three years imprisonment.
“Whilst the State would ensure that Mr. Olanrewaju James’s rights as enshrined in the Constitution are upheld, the Ministry of Justice would not relent in its efforts in ensuring that whoever sexually abuses any resident of Lagos State is speedily brought to book,” Mr. Onigbanjo said.
“It is instructive to note that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice has been consistent in its efforts in protecting the vulnerable in our society and since the establishment of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team in 2014, it has till date prosecuted over 800 cases of Sexual and Domestic offenses.
“The Attorney-General hereby assures Lagosians and indeed Nigerians that in accordance with the DPP’s advise, charges would be filed accordingly.”