By Miftaudeen Raji
Actor Yomi Fabiyi has mulled appeal of the sentencing of the embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, alias Baba Ijesha by an Ikeja Special Offences Court for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old minor.
Fabiyi in an interview with Vanguard stated that Baba Ijesha still has ample opportunities to challenge the ruling of the court until he has exhausted all his limits.
He said, “Fear trial, fear hearing is part of human rights and in this case you can understand that Lagos State Government allowed that the victim, the defendant and the public have their rights protected that’s what we’ve been saying.”
According to Fabiyi, the argument of the defendant is that he is not guilty.
He said, “We need to understand that he has the opportunity to appeal. It’s still within his statutory right, so the fact that he’s been found guilty of some charges – some he’s not guilty. That is what we call a proper democratic society.”
Fabiyi further stated that the defendant convict should be allowed to exercise his entire fundamental right which is going to appeal if necessary to challenge the ruling of this court.
“Of course, that is what I stand for and there is no point denying the man at this stage because we are colleagues,” he said.
“Others can choose to neglect him, I will not and what I am fighting for is the right of everybody involved; the victim, the defendant and the public. And the only way all that can be established is the court of law and that is it.
“A lot of people are even saying it’s dragging too long; they will throw the case away. Now they’ve seen that there’s no bias. But, of course they should not forget that the person we accused has been convicted. He still has ample opportunity to prove his innocence,” he added.
Recall that Fabiyi had come under fire in 2021, following his controversial movie, titled “Oko Iyabo.” The movie sparked outrage from members of the public.
The actor was dragged for being insensitive and making a mockery of the pain of the minor and those involved in the case.
According to social media users, the movie is based on Baba Ijesha’s rape saga with real names of those involved in the case.
They users perceived the movie was made to look like the minor was in an affair with Baba Ijesha, who was enmenshed in a mess of child molestation and sexual abuse.