In a video presented during proceedings in an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Wednesday, a 14-year-old juvenile (name withheld) stated that Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James aka Baba Ijesha, told her he was her boyfriend.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the video was a taped recording of Mrs Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode, a child specialist and Executive Director of the Cece Yara Foundation, conducting a child forensic interview on May 15.
The footage was shown during the defence counsel’s cross-examination of Ajayi-Kayode.
Babatunde Ogala (SAN).
During the interview, the child recalled her encounter with the 49-year-old beleaguered actor on April 19, when she met him at her foster mother’s house.
He was invited when it was revealed that he had defiled her seven years previously and that, unbeknownst to him, a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera had been installed in the house.
In the interview, the child stated that when Baba Ijesha entered the home, he pretended to be on the phone and that the defendant checked the flat to see if anyone was there before approaching her.
“He said you’re a bright young lady, my baby.” Do you have a man in your life? I told him no, and he told me that since you don’t have a boyfriend now that you’re much more mature, you’re now mine, and I’m your boyfriend.
“He mentioned that I used to teach you some things when you were younger. I asked him what he wanted so I could record him on my phone.
“I had my phone beneath the throw pillow because I assumed he intended to confess to what he did seven years ago, but I couldn’t record him.”
“He continued, ‘Don’t you remember me and you used to play together, and I used to teach you some things when you were little?’”
I asked him what contract he was referring to when he said, “Me and you have a deal.”
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“He asked me to sit on his legs, and I said no, and he replied you were not afraid when you were tiny.”
“You’re scared now,” the minor remarked in the interview.
The youngster told Ajayi-Kayode that during the April 19 incident, Baba Ijesha began sexually caressing her and asked her to bring him some water.
“When I walked to the kitchen, he followed me, and it was at that point that my mother and the other men (CCTV firm employees) came in,” she explained.
Previously, the child told Ajayi-Kayode about what happened seven years ago when the Nollywood star reportedly defiled her.
She stated that the first incidence occurred when she was seven years old and Baba Ijesha came to visit her sick foster mother. She claimed she was watching cartoons on the carpet as he sat on the couch.
She said that the defendant requested her to take off her underwear and then pulled out his private parts and asked her to wiggle her waist while sitting on his laps.
“I couldn’t remember how long I was on his laps before I felt some moisture because my attention was on the cartoon I was watching.”
“He wiped himself with a handkerchief and requested me to clean myself, so I went to the bathroom and cleaned myself with a towel,” she explained.
The youngster claimed that the defendant instructed her not to inform anyone about what happened between them.
The youngster told Ajayi-Kayode that the following day, Baba Ijesha came to her house with some fruits for her foster mother and asked her to pick them up from his car.
“The car was parked at a T-intersection with a wall and a gutter on one side and no one on the other.”
“The fruits were in the rear seat, and he requested me to take them when he opened the door in front of me.”
“As I stretched to get the fruits from the back seat, he inserted the car keys into my private part while attempting to kiss me.”
“I didn’t see him again for seven years after this happened,” she claimed.
During the interview, the child expert provided the youngster with a male and female doll to represent how the defendant allegedly abused her seven years ago.
The child demonstrated how the molestation occurred under Ajayi-watch. Kayode’s
The actor is charged with indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by penetration on six counts.
The case was adjourned to Oct. 21 by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo for the continuation of the trial.
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