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Court Upholds Baba Ijesha’s Confessional Statement As Prosecution Closes Case
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of a Special Offences Court in Ikeja has admitted in evidence the confessional statement of Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James alias Baba Ijesha who is facing trial over allegations of defilement.
The judge ruled that there was no evidence before the court that proved that the embattled Nollywood actor was tortured into giving the statement to the police.
She noted that claims that a police officer, Insp Abigail Omane had promised to set him free if he owned up to the allegations were not corroborated and described the defendant’s application to the court as an afterthought.
“Sitting on the floor does not vitiate the confessional statement. The statement is found to be relevant and admissible,” the judge said.
Following the ruling, the last prosecution witness, Insp Abigail Omane resumed her evidence.
The police officer informed told the court that after she had taken the evidence of the defendant, she took all the parties in the case to the office of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO).
“Thereafter the case was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti,” she said.
While being cross-examined by defence counsel, Mr Kayode Olabiran, Insp Omane threw more light on why the defendant’s shirt was torn when he was brought to the police station.
“The survivor told us that she was the one that beat him. There was no report of harassment of the complainant at the police station three years ago.
“I’m not aware if the police were informed prior to the installation of the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) at the complainant’s house,” she said.
Subsequently, the prosecutor told the court that the state would be closing its case.
Following the submission, the defence counsel, Mr Kayode Olabiran informed the court that the defence intends to file a no-case submission.
The judge thereafter adjourned till January 26, 2022, to entertain the no-case submission.