The trial of Olanrewaju James Omiyinka, a Nollywood actor, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, who is currently facing charges of sexual assault, continued at the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday.
The court, which is presided over by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, heard from popular comedienne, Damilola Adekoya, better known as Princess, who is the foster mother of the 14-year-old girl who was allegedly molested by the actor.
According to Princess, she met Baba Ijesha in 2008 at an event and the two decided to start making comedy skits together.
The comedienne told the court that Baba Ijesha attempted to woo her in the process of their work relationship but she rejected his proposal.
She stated that she got close to the embattled actor afterwards, especially after her marriage crashed around 2013.
She also claimed that she invested in Baba Ijesha’s education and the actor visited her at home thereafter.
Princess stated that Baba Ijesha visited her at her residence on the day he was caught allegedly sexually assaulting her foster daughter.
The counsel for the comedienne then reportedly played primary evidence against the embattled actor.
The court, however, sent reporters out before playing the video clip, which was said to have captured Baba Ijesha while allegedly molesting the 14-year-old girl, who is in the care of Princess.
Baba Ijesha was yet to speak when the case was adjourned and slated to resume on Tuesday (tomorrow) after examination of the primary evidence.
Baba Ijesa was arrested on 22 April 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 that went viral on social media, he was seen confessing to the crime and pleading for forgiveness.
He had been granted bail on 17 May by magistrates on tour to decongest prisons in the state during the industrial action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
He, however, could not meet the bail conditions which include N500,000 and a level 16 civil servant as surety.
Baba Ijesha was subsequently arraigned by the Lagos State government before the Ikeja Special Offences Court.
The actor pleaded not guilty to a six-count charge bordering on the indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration.
The offences, according to the prosecution, contravene Sections 135, 259, 262, 263 and 262 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.