A Lagos magistrate court has denied Nollywood actor, Baba ijesha bail in the ongoing trial over alleged child molestation.
The actor who was arrested in April for allegedly sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl since she was 7, was granted bail on health grounds after spending 25 days in police detention. However, it was gathered that the actor remained in police custody despite the bail.
Omiyinka popularly known as Baba Ijesha appeared in court today for his first trail and the presiding judge, P. E Nwaka, in his ruling held that the court cannot grant the actor bail because the matter is beyond its jurisdiction, after his counsel, Kayode Olabiran, pleaded with the court to release him on grounds of his deteriorating health.
According to the judge, the case has already been filed before the high court. Similarly, the superintendent of police in charge of the case, Yetunde Cardoso also stated that the matter is now beyond the police.
“Mr Olanrewaju was actually granted bail during the JUSUN strike and based on the conditions given, he couldn’t meet them and he was properly charged today (Wednesday).
Just like the court stated, the case has already been filed before the high court and the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) of Lagos State Ministry of Justice has taken over the matter from the police.
So presently, we have handed over to the DPP so the case is before them (DPP). It has nothing to do with the police anymore, it’s now left for the DPP to handle it.” Cardoso added.