What Baba Ijesha Did to Me-Minor

*He Defiled Me with Key, Said He’s My Boyfriend

THE 14 year-old minor, reportedly defiled by a popular Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, aka, Baba Ijesha, has shed more lights on how the accused defiled her. The minor gave the details in a video evidence at an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Wednesday .

The video interview, conducted by child forensic expert and Executive Director of the Cece Yara Foundation, Mrs Olabisi Akayi-Kayode, on May 15, 2021, was played at the court while the child expert was being cross examined by defence counsel to the accused, Babatunde Ogala, SAN.

According to the minor, Baba Ijesha came to the house, while initially acting as if he was on a phone conversation. However, he began checking the apartment, apparently to be sure no one else was home. Thereafter, he approached her and began an amorous conversation.

“He said, ‘You’re a smart young girl, my baby. Do you have a boyfriend? I said no, and he said since you do not have a boyfriend, now that you’re much more mature, you’re now mine; I am your boyfriend.’

“He said, ‘I used to teach you some things when you were small.’ I asked him what things so that I could record him with my phone.

My phone was under the throw pillow because I thought he wanted to confess to what he did seven years ago, but I was unable to record him.

“He said, ‘Don’t you remember me and you used to play together; I used to teach you some things when you were small, me and you had a contract.’ I asked him what contract?

He asked me to sit on his legs and I said no and he said, ‘You that when you were small, you were not afraid. Now you’re afraid,’ the minor said.

The minor added that Baba Ijesha started fondling her before asking her to fetch him some water which she obliged him. However, he followed her to the kitchen as she went to get him the water he asked for. It was in the kitchen, according to her that her mother and the cctv company staff joined them.

When I went to the kitchen, he also followed me and it was at this point that my mother and the other men, the CCTV company staff, came in,” she said.

The minor also recalled how Baba Ijesha defiled her seven years earlier. The incident, according to her, took place when the actor paid a visit to her mother when she was under the weather at a time, she (the minor) was just seven years old. She recalled sitting on the carpet watching cartoons with him sitting on the couch.

Baba Ijesha, she recalled, asked her to remove her underwear, which she did while he brought out his private parts and asked her to wriggle her waist while sitting on his laps.

My concentration was on the cartoon I was watching; I couldn’t remember how long I was on his laps before I felt some wetness.

He cleaned himself with a handkerchief and asked me to clean myself up and I went to the bathroom to clean myself up with a towel,” she said.

A day later, the actor was back in the house with fruits for her mother which he however, left in the car outside. He asked her to pick then up.

The car was parked at a T-junction and there was a wall and a gutter there; no one was on the other side.
“The fruits were on the back seat; he opened the door in front and asked me to take the fruits.

When I stretched to pick the fruits from the back seat, he put the car key into my private parts, and at the same time, he was trying to kiss me. After this incident, I did not see him again until seven years later,” she said.

Still under cross examination, Mrs Mrs Akayi-Kayode noted she produced both male and female dolls to the minor to depict the alleged molestation events between Baba Ijesha and her seven years prior. With them, the minor described “where the defendant sat and invited her to sit on his laps, including a demonstration of how the molestation happened.

Still under cross-examination, Mrs Ajayi-Kayode explained that she was a qualified lawyer and certified child forensic expert trained abroad, adding that she was not a child advocate but a child forensic expert who had received training on child psychology and development.
According to Mrs Ajayi-Kayode, the brain of the minor was well developed to recall events that took place seven years ago as, in her view, the minor gave a good account of what happened to her seven years ago without interference. She disclosed she was able to determine that the minor told the truth because she reacted to “…open-ended questions.”

The case, presided over by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, has been adjourned to October 21, 2021.

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