A number of Nigerian celebrities have expressed their displeasure with the alleged report that Nollywood actor Olarenwaju James, aka Baba Ijesha, molested a 14-year-old girl in the care of popular comedienne Princess.
Toke Makinwa, a radio personality and actress, had harsh words for those who did not condemn the act outright.
“Stop shaming victims of abuse,” she said. Stop attempting to decipher their statements analytically. You clearly heard the child was failing school, and her brothers complained about a change in her behaviour pattern; do you think they made it up? You must be sick as well.
“There are a lot of sick people in the world. A grown man once commented on how clean a three-year-bum old’s was. He just casually blurted out, “See as this baby’s bum bum fresh.” I cursed him out, and guess what happened? People around me thought I was exaggerating, as if it were merely a compliment.”
“I said it in my post yesterday and I repeat, if you are asking for a video of a 14-year-old being sexually molested, then you are as sick as the accused,” Lepacious Bose wrote on Instagram. All you want is an excuse to watch child porn, and God forbid you use this case to fulfil your sick desires!
“Please allow this woman to grieve in peace. This is not a clout-chasing opportunity, nor is it a popularity contest. Because the life and future of a 14-year-old are at stake, let us be cautious with our words.
“If you are one of the few who feels her pain, please pray for Princess; pray for her family, pray for this dear child who has been bruised. Sometimes it’s the only thing you can do; and the best thing you can do is pray for Princess!”
Mercy Aigbe, a Nollywood actress, posted on Instagram that she is “beyond livid.” “Justice must be served!” she says. Baba Ijesha must be brought to justice!
“I just got off the phone with Princess, and I am even more upset! May God punish all those who back Ijesha! May you never see anything good in your miserable lives! Whether you like it or not, justice will prevail! God, please protect our children and continue to expose these criminals! There are too many animals out there!”
Toolz, a radio personality, tweeted, “All the people wanting to see this video of the young girl and Baba Ijesha, you know you’re essentially asking to see child porn, right?”
Nkechi Blessing, a Nollywood actress, commented on the incident on her Instagram.
“Most importantly, have a heart-to-heart talk with your kids, and listen to their every need,” she advised. It is past time for parents to stop entrusting their children to strangers… If CCTV is too expensive, use your own eye as the camera that monitors the child you carried for nine months. “Does labour pain mean anything to you at all? I fit no get sense ooo, I fit no sabi talk ooo, I fit rude and razz oo, but please take this advice and do the necessary. In Jesus’ name, may such things never happen to any of you. The thoughts alone are traumatising.”
Davido, an afropop musician, tweeted a photo of Nollywood actor Yomi Fabiyi with the caption “Bitch it’s on sight.”
Yomi Fabiyi had previously expressed solidarity with Baba Ijesha, which drew the ire of many social media users and celebrities, including Toke Makinwa and Iyabo Ojo.
Many Nigerians have called for the immediate prosecution of Baba Ijesha, 48.
The PUNCH previously reported that Baba Ijesha was arrested on Thursday following a report by one Adekola Adekanya at the Sabo police station.
According to the Police, the suspect confessed to the crime and was also caught on camera by a CCTV camera in the complainant’s home.
Mr Hakeem Odumosu, the Commissioner of Police for Lagos State, has ordered a thorough investigation and has promised to do justice in the case.
Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Public Relations Officer for the Lagos State Police, revealed that the actor sexually assaulted the teenager when she was seven years old.