November 12, (THEWILL) – The prosecution team of the Lagos State Government on Friday informed an Ikeja Special Offences Court that one of the witnesses set to testify against Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, aka Baba Ijesha, is afraid to testify in court.
The state counsel, Mr Yusuf Sule, disclosed this on Friday as he explained the absence of two witnesses slated to testify against the actor in his ongoing trial for sexual assault.
“My lord, the first witness who is a police officer could not come to court today because he has been transferred and needs to get permission from where he was posted to appear here.
“The second witness could not come to court because he is jittery, he is scared to come to court.
“My lord, we will ensure that all the witnesses are in court by next Friday,” the prosecutor mentioned.
In view of this development, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case until November 19 for the continuation of trial.
Baba Ijesha is facing a six-count charge bordering on the indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration.
The alleged offences contravene Sections 135, 259, 262, 263 and 262 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
About five witnesses, including the alleged victim and her foster mother, actress and comedienne Damilola Adekoya aka Princess have testified so far for the prosecution.