Adesina Ogunlana, Lawyer to embattled Nollywood actor Baba Ijesha, has revealed circumstances surrounding the eventual bail of the actor from police custody, a magistrate granted Olanrewaju James aka Baba Ijesha, bail on Monday despite the current strike by judiciary workers. Baba Ijesha was arrested and detained by the police following charges of alleged sexual assault and defiling of a minor who happens to be the foster daughter to the comedienne, Princess.
Barrister Ogunlana explained via a Facebook live video that Nollywood Actor Baba Ijesha was released by Lagos State Chief Magistrate Toyin on the grounds that the offense was a bailable offense by Nigerian law and the poor state of Baba Ijesha's health, made his case easier to facilitate his release from police custody. He further explained that Baba Ijesha's release was facilitated by the Chief magistrate on the advice of the Ministry of Justice in partnership with Bayo Akinlade, the former NBA Chairman, who heads the Police Decongestion Scheme.
He explained that when the Chief Magistrate visited Panti where Baba Ijesha was being detained, she noticed that his name was not recorded in the police register as a person in their custody, this was suspicious so The Chief Magistrate demanded to see him when the police brought him out he was weak and in a bad state, so he was immediately granted bail by the Chief Magistrate.
The condition given for his bail was that he should provide two sureties, one of the sureties should be his relation and the other should be a level 10, civil-servant, and his bail was set at N500,000, with the condition that if he absconds the law his sureties will pay the sum. It was also instructed that the legal department of the State CID, Panti should verify his sureties. Ogunlana condemned the calls by some people for Baba Ijesha to remain in Police custody despite the ongoing strike by Judiciary workers.
Ogunlana stated that Baba Ijesha's release is not only a victory for him but also for the Judiciary because the law must always be obeyed, and no individual or group has the right to take laws into their hands. Ogunlana further disclosed that Baba Ijesha's rights have been abused and he will take that up later.
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