About 1,200 Nigerians on social media have signed a petition against the release of popular Yoruba actor, Olarewaju Omiyinka, who was arrested after allegedly defiling a minor. For now, the target is for the signees to reach 1,500.
The petition, which is drafted by the Aunt Landa’s Bethel Foundation, on behalf of the teenager’s foster mother, Damilola Adekoya, a comedienne popularly known as Princess, has urged 1,500 Nigerians to sign against the release of the Yoruba actor, Baba Ijesha.
Punch reported that the actor, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, was arrested last week, after he was reported by Princess, who is the teenager’s foster mother.
According to the Comedienne, Baba Ijesha molested the girl when she was seven years old.
Punch Newspaper reported earlier that the Police Public Relations Officer Muyiwa Adejobi said the actor was caught in the act through monitoring on the Closed circuit Television (CCTV) as that was a substantial evidence against Him.
The PPRO further stated that “Based on preliminary findings, the suspect started sexually assaulting the victim since she was seven years old. The suspect confessed to the crime and was also captured by a CCTV camera in the house of the complainant.”
A senior police officer has however told The Punch Newspaper that the actor may be released on Friday. The source said the courts are no longer having sitting due to the ongoing strike by members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria and as such the suspect could not be detained indefinitely without trial.
The source also added that investigation into the recent allegation against Omiyinka revealed that he did not defile the victim and that the victim confirmed same when she was questioned.
Dr Yolanda N George-David, who signed the petition, said it is embarrassing to know the Nigeria Police Force is trying to grant the actor bail.
“We seek full justice for the young child. It is embarrassing to know Nigeria Police Force is trying to grant Olanrewaju James Omiyinka bail today at Panti Police station, Lagos state, Nigeria.
“I want to remind the Nigeria Police Force that Section 218 of the Criminal Code Act provides that any person who has unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of thirteen is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for life with or without caning. This law should be excise and thorough investigation is required with evidence already been submitted by the child’s guidance,” she wrote.
Princess who narrated the incident which transpired between Baba Ijesha and her foster daughter, said people, who had compassion on her due to her being childless entrusted the victim and five other children to her care.
She added that the victim started acting strangely after Omiyinka allegedly defiled her.
“The child started failing in school, I paid for private lessons and when I told my family, they told me we should pray, maybe it is spiritual. But I kept on saying that something is wrong, this child has changed.
“My friend talked to the child again to know what was going on, she told us what happened, I was shocked… I called the CCTV company to set a camera, we asked everybody to go out and stay in a neighbour’s house, she (the victim) was afraid, we said she should calm down…
“He came in and saw that there was nobody at home and I told him I want to see DSTV people off and I will stay long…I dropped my phone, went out and locked the door. Two seconds later, he stood up, begin to check my whole house to be sure that none of the children were inside sleeping.