The Police Command in Lagos State has debunked the rumours that there were plans to release Nollywood actor, Baba Ijesha, who was arrested for alleged defilement.
1st News gathered that Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo, comedian Princess and others had stormed the SCID, Panti, to protest alleged plans to release Baba Ijesha by the police
The Police Public Relations Officer ( PPRO) in Lagos, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, stated that there were no plans to release the suspect as wrongly perceived.
He added that the Commissioner Police in Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered the detention of the suspect; pending the receipt of legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPPs).
“The CP had already said that the suspect would remain in police custody and would not be released. His case file has been sent to the DPP for advice. After the DPP’s advice, we will know what to do.” he said.
The 48-year-old Olarenwaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, was arrested on April 22 for allegedly defiling a minor.
CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi had said in a statement that preliminary findings revealed that the suspect started assaulting the victim sexually; since she was seven years old.
There was an uproar following a report that a directive had been given for the release of the Nollywood actor from custody.
The report was that the suspect could be released as he could not be detained indefinitely; due to the ongoing strike by members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
A video of the suspect confessing to the crime and begging for forgiveness had, however, gone viral; following the rumour that investigation revealed that Baba Ijesha did not defile the victim.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has declared Monday, May 3, as a public holiday; to mark the 2021 International Workers’ Day Celebration, Aregbesola disclosed.
The Permanent Secretary, the Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja; on behalf of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government; congratulated Nigerian Workers for witnessing the 2021 Workers’ Day Celebration.
He commended them for their patience, understanding, and support in driving the policies and programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration; in its determination to move the country to the next level of socio-economic development.
The minister, however, called for more dedication and patriotism; from all Nigerian Workers as well as the labour unions.