After the alleged defilement of a minor episode by Olarenwaju James Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, began with an unending sequence of drama involving the popular comedienne, Adekola Adekanya, aka Princess, the police, actor Yomi Fabiyi, and the general public, actress Iyabo Ojo appears to have been the most outspoken individual seeking justice on behalf of the alleged victim.
She made a series of videos to clarify her stance on child molestation, rape, and women’s violence, adding that she would prosecute anyone who committed these crimes, regardless of their links to her.
“Baba Ijesha is an embarrassment to the Yoruba film industry as a whole. He needs to be punished. If a family member, a friend, or a colleague, or even my father or mother if they were still alive, or even my children, are caught in this heinous act, I will not stand by them. Baba Ijesha’s mess is our mess because he pulled us through the mud, and I’m not going to cover him up. “I oppose evil and any crime against children and women,” she said.
The actress was especially enraged by the involvement of a fellow thespian, Yomi Fabiyi, who warned his colleagues to tread carefully in the matter given the ongoing investigation, demanding that the CCTV footage in which Baba Ijesha molested the child be made public. Iyabo would have none of it, claiming that it would just scar the 14-year-old girl more, and went on the offensive against the actor with more scathing videos to prove her case.
When she learned of a plan to release Baba Ijesha on bail, she and others, including comedienne Princess, the victim’s foster mother, stormed the Panti Police Station where Baba Ijesha was being held to put an end to the plan.
It took the intervention of Lagos Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu to calm some nerves after he announced in a press conference that Baba Ijesha’s offence is bailable. The CP also said, based on the CCTV video, that there is no proof of defilement. The top cop in Lagos State confessed to a sexual assault but not defilement.
The general public, however, did not fully believe the CP’s stance in light of a viral video in which Baba Ijesha was seen confessing to the crime and pleading for forgiveness.