Nollywood actor, Yomi Fabiyi, has revealed what his colleague, Olanrewaju James Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, who is currently being detained by the Nigeria Police Force, told him over allegations of sexually assaulting a minor.
Fabiyi had on Wednesday led a group of protesters to the police’s State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, to demand Baba Ijesha’s release on bail.
Baba Ijesa was arrested after he was recently caught on tape harassing a minor in the care of popular comedienne, Damilola Adekoya, better known as Princess.
In a video circulating on social media, Fabiyi stated that he met the accused actor in police custody, saying that his colleague denied raping any seven-year-old girl.
“When I heard about the situation, I was unhappy. It was controversial. When I asked him what happened, did you rape the minor, he (Baba Ijesha) said ‘Yomi, I never did. Princess brought a general to harass me. I didn’t sleep with this girl seven years ago.’ At that time, Princess was also in marriage,” Fabiyi said.
According to Fabiyi, Baba Ijesha told him that the first time he met the girl in question, a 14-year-old minor, was at a garage and touts were harassing him for money.
Fabiyi insisted that Baba Ijesha never had sexual intercourse with the minor when she was seven years old as it is being alleged, adding that the accused actor is not a paedophile.
He said: “The girl never at any time said Baba Ijesha raped her. The girl said she was not raped. What happened is sexual assault.
“Pedophiles don’t go for adult teenagers, the majority don’t know what it (Pedophile) is. Not to talk of somebody who is an adult.
“You watched a child being molested for 30 minutes, somebody must pay for that. He (Baba Ijesha) said four men beat him to a stupor when they rushed in (in the leaked video). He said he could barely hear anything when they were asking him questions; that all he could hear was ‘molest’, ‘molest’.
“He didn’t conceptualise the ‘molest’ in the face of the law. He thought it was the normal way that we play with it. He needed to save his life. Then, he was scared that they could kill him. What if the man died in that process?
“A child cannot understand why you will ask her to submit her body and play along with somebody she does not know. I don’t want lies. I want a genuine case to be established.”
There has been public outcry following the revelation that Baba Ijesha allegedly raped the foster-daughter of Princess when she was seven years old, and molested her recently at 14 years old.
In a video that went viral on social media, he was seen confessing to the crime and pleading for forgiveness.
The Lagos Police Command on Wednesday said Baba Ijesa, will remain in its custody until the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) calls off its nationwide strike and the courts reopen.