Survivor in video interview tells how Baba Ijesha sexually abused her
A Lagos Special Sexual Offences Court, yesterday, played the video of the 14-year-old girl allegedly defiled by Nollywood Actor, James Olanrewaju a.k.a. Baba Ijesha.
The video of the forensic interview played before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, showed the victim seated on a sofa and relating to the child expert, Mrs. Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode, how Baba Ijesha allegedly defiled her inside their house and inside his car.
The expert, Mrs. Ajayi-Kayode, put the survivor in a relaxed mood, and was heard telling her to feel free and that she has the right not to answer any question she doesn’t want to answer.
The survivor narrated that she was watching a cartoon movie when the defendant (Baba Ijesha) came in and that her mother was not at home. She described the position of the settee, the shelf and carpets in their parlour.
Using female and male dolls for narration, the survivor described where the defendant sat and invited her to sit on his lap.
She also used the dolls to describe how she was allegedly defiled.
The survivor said the defendant asked her if he should bring out his manhood but that she didn’t answer him.
According to her, the defendant brought out his manhood and made her sit on it and that after sometime, she felt his wetness.
She said the defendant used a handkerchief to clean himself, while she went to the bathroom and used water, soap and a towel to clean herself.
She said that the second day, the defendant came to their house and told her mother that he brought fruits for her. She said her mother instructed her to follow him to his car to bring the fruits.
The survivor in the video explained that the defendant parked his car away from their house and that when they got to his car, Baba Ijesha opened the passenger door in front and she had to kneeled on the seat and stretched out to reach the fruits on the back seat.
The survivor said it was during this process that the defendant allegedly inserted his car key into her vagina. She said that she did not see Baba Ijesha again for about seven years until April 19, 2021 when he came to their new house.
However, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi stopped playing the video clip on the order of the court. The lead defence team, Babatunde Ogala (SAN), therefore cross-examined the child forensic expert (Mrs Ajayi-Kayode) who told the court that she was a qualified lawyer and certified child forensic expert and that she trained and was certified abroad.
The witness was also cross-examined by Dada Awosika (SAN).