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Court Denies Nollywood Actor, Baba Ijesha‘s Bail Application



Court Denies Nollywood Actor, Baba Ijesha‘s Bail Application

The bail application of convicted Nollywood actor, James Olarewaju, alias, Baba Ijesha, was on Wednesday refused by a Magistrate Court in Ikeja over his alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl.

In a report filed by the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo rejected the bail application of the embattled actor on grounds that he did not meet exceptional circumstances and criteria to warrant the bail.

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The applicant must show special and exceptional circumstances because the term given to him is five years which is to run concurrently.

“There is no evidence that the appeal has been entered and there is no indication before this court that the court will not treat the case expeditiously.

“It is in the view of this court that the applicant has failed to show special circumstances to warrant him bail because he is facing a serious crime.

In view of this case, I am inclined to refuse the bail application of the applicants pending appeal,” Taiwo held.

The embattled actor is hoping to get bail while he appeals a five-year prison sentence handed down after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

Baba Ijesha’s counsel, Mr Gabriel Olabiran, on Aug.10 informed the court of notice for bail pending appeal has been submitted pursuant to Section 6 (6) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Section 51 of the High Court law of Lagos State, administration of criminal justice law.

Olabiran argued that the application admitted the applicant to bail, either unconditionally or upon reasonable conditions.

He said the application was brought before the court due to difficulty in getting a date at the Court of Appeal.

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The state prosecutor, Mr Yusuf Sule, however, in a counter affidavit dated Aug.18, argued that the defence failed in its address to establish the special circumstances which might grant the convict bail.

My lord, the defence has failed woefully in addressing the special circumstances which can be used to grant the convict bail.

The court had on July 14 sentenced the embattled actor to five-years imprisonment for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl according to a report filed by the NAN.

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