The comedian actor, Baba Ijesa has been granted bail and released. Baba Ijesa whose real name is Olanrewaju James was arrested 2 weeks ago over alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl.
He was granted bail on 2 conditions which are
1. two reliable sureties. one of the sureties must be a level 10 officers, and a direct relative.
2. Pay a sum of five hundred naira (N500,000).
Adeshina Ogunlana, his lawyer, while speaking with confirmed The PUNCH on today, 17 May, 2021 says:
“Baba Ijesa has been granted bail about one hour ago. We are working to perfect the bail. He was granted bail on health grounds. He has not been released. He will be released after his bail conditions have been met,” he said.
Lawyer Ogunlana in a letter he sent to the Commissioner of Police on Friday stated that Baba Ijesha is not looking healthy, he is now abnormally weak and lean.
The letter reads in part, “We are aware that a piece of legal advice on our client’s matter has been issued about two weeks ago, disclosing prospective charges of bailable character.
“From all indications, the investigation has been concluded in his matter and it is inconceivable that the issuance of legal advice will now be a basis for the denial of bail as you have been widely reported in the press to have claimed.
“We submit that the continuous detention of Mr Olanrewaju James Omiyinka at your SCID Panti Yaba facility, for about thirty days now, in our respectful view, is in gross breach of his fundamental human rights as cognisable under the 1999 constitution the grand norm of the nation’s legal architecture.
“As of today when I met with Omiyinka in the company of his thespian colleague and ready surety, Mr Yomi Fabiyi, he appeared traumatised, emaciated, and walked with a limp in his right leg. May I assure you, sir, that Mr Omiyinka is not a flight risk and he is prepared to face trial.”
Baba Ijesa has been granted bail and will be released when his bail terms are fully met.