A forensic report presented by a witness to Special Offenses Court in Ikeja has laid out details of how embattled actor, James Olanrewaju Omiyinka, popularly known as ‘Baba Ijesha’, inserted a car key into the private part of the foster daughter of comedienne, Princess.
The forensic report was presented by a child forensic expert and the Executive Director of Cece Yara Foundation, Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode at the Special Offenses Court in Ikeja.
Ajayi-Kayode narrated how the suspect allegedly groomed and defiled the minor. Led in evidence by Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Ajayi-Kayode said that the alleged victim was relaxed, cooperative and could recall events when she was being interviewed.
The child forensic expert said clinical report on the minor showed Baba Ijesha allegedly engaged the child in sexual activities when she was 7 on two occasions, and on one occasion inserted his car key into her vagina.
She added that a forensic interview she had with the victim showed engagement and suppression of the minor as Baba Ijesha had asked the minor not to inform anyone. The expert said:
“He asked the child if he should remove his penis and asked her to sit on his lap.
He told her not to tell anybody. The perpetrator also inserted his car key into her vagina and asked her not to tell anyone.”
“The clinical presentation of child sexual abuse was quite evident. The perpetrator engaged the child in sexual activity when she was seven years old, on two occasions. On the 19th of April 2021, he sexually harassed her, touching her body.
He told her: ‘I touched you some years back, you are so grown, so developed. Do you have a boyfriend? We have some unfinished business. These are the clinical presentations of child sexual abuse. These are the dynamics of child sexual abuse and the modus operandi of perpetrators – inculcation of secrecy, intimidation, threat or coercion.”
As she disclosed that car key insertion occurred at a park where fruits are sold, Princess became very emotional and walked out of the court crying.
Baba Ijesha who donned a blue face cap and black nose mask stood in the witness dock while the cross-examination lasted. He was not interrogated by the court because his counsel was absent.
The child forensic expert also presented a flash drive, containing a video coverage of the interview with the survivor.
The judge then gave an assurance of video being displayed at the next sitting of the court on the case.
The case was then adjourned till October 20 and 21 for admission of more witnesses and cross-examination.
Baba Ijesha who has been entangled in a case of child molestation since April 2021 and was remanded in police custody before being granted bail after his arrest on April 22, is facing a six-count charge of sexual assault by penetration, indecent treatment of a child, and sexual assault.