Nollywood actor, Yomi Fabiyi, has said that the CCTV footage of actor Olanrewaju James widely known as Baba Ijesha sexually abusing a minor was disturbing.
Recall that when the police announced that Baba Ijesha was in their custody for allegedly sexually abusing a minor, Fabiyi was one of those, who demanded to see the CCTV footage of the incident, which the police said they had custody of.
The actor has now taken to Instagram to condemn the actions of Baba Ijesha following the release of the footage.
He, however, lamented that his hesitation to jump to a conclusion concerning the allegation against Baba Ijesha was taken to mean he was supporting the suspect.
He also condemned the act of using the minor as bait for Baba Ijesha, who is said to have also molested the girl seven years ago.
He said, “It is disturbing and unfortunate viewing the images of the released CCTV footage of a minor being sexually abused by a senior colleague, Mr Lanre Omiyinka a.k.a Baba Ijesha. There is no excuse for this act. I condemn this act, it is embarrassing and disappointing.
“I have carefully waited for reliable options before jumping to a conclusion as done in a civilised society, a stance a handful misconstrued as supporting the suspect, it is a shame a handful in Nigeria still engage in social media recklessness in the name of social media age. Nowhere have i supported or condone such, someone just placed the idea and many without caution jumped on it. If you are not enlightened, seek knowledge.
“The only person free from arrest and prosecution is the young lady. Several red lines were crossed, ignorance is never an excuse. The key question every honest person should be asking is, if the girl was your child, can you make her go through such trauma again in the name of gathering evidence? Where are the social services and domestic violence unit in Lagos State? Shelve press releases and sentiments, swing into action.
“The law is sacrosanct and we all can agree a lot more needs to be done to protect children in Nigeria. I am sad, we have failed many innocent children and it is time we rise to this challenge, the world is watching. Every Nigerian who honestly feels for the poor girl should take to the street in a peaceful protest, demand arrest of all connected to these ugly images, it is a cause worth risking everything for, do it for humanity and every innocent child.
“However, sentiment should never be an excuse to abuse the rights of every suspect or persons connected, that is the only way to achieve peace, fairness, justice and development. Thanks to the Lagos Police Commissioner and officers for their meticulous investigation and efforts so far. We want a safer Nigeria for every child.”