Baba Ijesha challenges veracity of CCTV in sexual assault case

Baba Ijesha challenges veracity of CCTV in sexual assault case

Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesha has challenged the credibility of the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) recordings presented by the prosecution against him.

He disclosed this on Thursday, February 17, during his case before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court sitting in Ikeja.

Through his witness, an expert in CCTV installation and maintenance; Engr. Adeleke Lawrence, Baba Ijesha alleged that the contents of the videos may have been tampered with.

Baba Ijesha is facing a six-count charge of child defilement bordering on allegations of indecent treatment of a child; sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration.

While answering questions from the lead defence counsel; Babatunde Ogala (SAN), the expert gave evidence on the workings of the CCTV and other recording devices.

Four video recordings of Baba Ijesha were played in court at the request of Ogala.

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When the witness was asked his opinion of what he saw; he said: “The gentleman and the lady appeared to be acting the way they were asked to do.”

To transfer recordings from a CCTV, Engr. Adeleke said there must be a hard drive and a computer.

“To transfer from hard drive, it must pass through a computer. In the process of passing through a computer, an error might occur. Along the line, it might lead to editing.

“The one I watched passed through a process of editing. It did not pass through a hard drive. Maybẹ along the line, it was tampered with.

“I am very sure that what we watched may have been tampered with based on the way it was fast-forwarded,” the witness said.

Under cross-examination from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP); Dr. Babajide Martins, the witness agreed that the content of a CCTV recording cannot be tampered with; especially when used together with devices like Network Video Recording, NVR, and Internet Protocol, IP.

He also agreed with the prosecuting counsel that when the devices are present in the CCTV, the content cannot be tampered with or manipulated.

Engr. Adeleke said that the devices would make the recordings look clearer, flow smoothly and the camera picture sharp.

The defence witness also agreed with the prosecution that the content of the video recordings would not change no matter the colour. He however said he does not know what a B-Cam, a second camera used in seeing another angle of a recording is.

The witness also agreed with the prosecution that a CCTV made up of a camera, DVR made of fibre, and monitor and hard drive cannot be manipulated.

When asked if what a person said in the recordings could change, the defence witness said it might reduce voice quality but not ìn content.

Justice Taiwo has adjourned further proceedings in the matter to March 4.

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