Alleged sexual assault: Baba Ijesa gets bail

The embattled Nigerian comedian, Olanrewaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesa, enmeshed in alleged sexual assault of a 14 year old girl has been granted bail by the Lagos State Police Command.

Penpushing reports that, the lawyer of the detained suspect Adesina Ogunlana, confirmed this on Monday, adding that as at the time of filing this report he (lawyer)  he was working to perfect the bail

“He has been granted bail about one hour ago. We are working to perfect the bail. He was granted bail on health grounds. He has not been released. He will be released after his bail conditions have been perfected,” the lawyer said.

Penpushing further reports that Baba Ijesa was granted bail on health ground, while some conditions attached to his bail include: two reliable sureties – one of them must be a level 10 officers, a direct blood relation, and N500, 000 bail bond in like sum.

The source informed that the suspect who is expected to face trial later was granted bail when magistrates went around police stations across the State, hearing cases of some suspects, while it is recalled that his lawyer had in a letter addressed to the Commissioner of Police sought for his client  bail on Friday, explaining that he (Baba Ijesa) is looking abnormally weak and lean.

Penpushing also reports that the letter dated, May 14, 2021, and titled ‘Re: Olanrewaju James Omiyinka’ applied  for immediate grant of bail, adding that the alleged crime is bailable and that the issuance of legal advice should not be a basis for the denial of bail’.

“We are aware that a piece of legal advice on our client’s matter has been issued about two weeks ago, disclosing prospective charges of bailable character.  From all indications, the investigation has been concluded in his matter and it is inconceivable that the issuance of legal advice will now be a basis for the denial of bail as you have been widely reported in the press to have claimed.

“We submit that the continuous detention of Mr Olanrewaju James Omiyinka at your SCID Panti Yaba facility, for about thirty days now, in our respectful view, is in gross breach of his fundamental human rights as cognisable under the 1999 constitution the grand norm of the nation’s legal architecture.

“As of today when I met with Omiyinka in the company of his thespian colleague and ready surety, Mr Yomi Fabiyi, he appeared traumatised, emaciated, and walked with a limp in his right leg. May I assure you, sir, that Mr Omiyinka is not a flight risk and he is prepared to face trial.”

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