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14-year-old narrates sexual abuse by Baba Ijesha

The trial of Nollywood actor, James Olanrewaju also known as Baba Ijesha over alleged defilement of a minor continued Wednesday at an Ikeja Sexual offences Court, with the prosecuting counsel showing a forensic video interview with the victim.

In the video, played before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, the 14-year-old victim related to a child expert, Mrs Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode, how Baba Ijesha allegedly defiled at her home and in his car.

The minor, who said her hobbies were reading novels and watching cartoons and movies said 7 years ago, Baba Ijeshavisited her house while her mother was away.

Using female and male dolls to further explain her ex[erience, she described where the defendant sat and invited her to sit on his lap, as well as how he defiled her.

Sit on ‘it’

Baba Ijesha asked her if he should bring out his manhood, upon which she didn’t answer, but he brought it out anyway and made her sit on it and that after some time, she felt his wetness, after which he used a handkerchief to clean himself while she went to the bathroom to also clean herself, the 14-year-old told her interviewer.

She said that the second day, he came to their house and told her mother that he brought fruits for her and that her mother instructed her to follow him to his car to bring the fruits.

She further explained that she followed the defendant to his car, parked a few distances from her house, and that while she stretched into the vehicle to pick up some fruits at the backseat, he allegedly inserted the car key into her vagina.

She said that she did not see Baba Ijesha again for about seven years until April 19 this year when he suddenly appeared in their new house.

“I was afraid because I didn’t know what he was about to do. I sat at one side of the settee, he sat on the other side. There was a throw-pillow between us. “He asked if my mum was around, I was afraid to tell him whether or not she was at home. He called me ‘my sweet girl’ and ‘my baby, He reminded me of the events of seven years ago, He called me to come and sit on his laps and I said ‘No’, He said when I was small, I was not afraid of him, but now you are afraid.” She recount.

At this point, the court order that the video should be switched off.

Under cross-examination by the lead defence team, Babatunde Ogala, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mrs Ajayi-Kayode told the court that she was a qualified lawyer and certified child forensic expert trained abroad.

She maintained that the brain of the victim was well developed to recall events that took place seven years ago without interference.

Asked how she was able to determine if the victim was telling the truth, she said she only asked open-ended questions.

Reporting by Wahab Akinlade; Edited by Adeniyi Bakare