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Baba Ijesha granted bail on health grounds


Popular Yoruba actor Olanrewaju James, AKA Baba Ijesha, who is standing trial for allegedly assaulting a minor sexually has been granted bail on health grounds.

Baba Ijesha had been in custody at the State CID, Panti, for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old-girl in the home of comedienne Adekola Adekanya, popularly called ‘Princess.’

However, the continued industrial strike by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), has caused courts to remain shut and cases adjourned.


Baba Ijesha's lawyer had earlier written the Lagos State Police Commissioner that his client was already growing lean, weak and traumatized in detention.

The release of Baba Ijesha on Monday afternoon came as a result of magistrates going around police stations across Lagos State, listening to cases and giving hearing to those arrested.

Some have argued that Baba Ijesha's excuse of being sick was just the easiest way he could think of to free himself from detention.

Baba Ijesha’s case raised serious outburst and was the subject of national discourse which raised the topic of paedophilia and rape in the country.

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