A video which appeared to show Baba Ijesha, Yoruba actor, sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl has surfaced on social media.
The movie star has been in the news in recent times after he admitted to molesting the minor, who is a foster daughter to Comedian Princess, both when she was 7 and 14.
Following his arrest, the actor has remained in police custody where Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos police commissioner, said he would stay pending legal advice from the ministry of justice.
But on Sunday, the CCTV footage of Baba Ijesha at the home of the young girl surfaced and generated conversations online.
In the now-viral video, the 48-year-old film star can be seen sitting on a couch in the sitting room dressed in a white shirt, a pair of blue jeans, and a hat.
As a woman who was initially in their company exits the house, Baba Ijesha then appeared to be groping and caressing the young girl.
Ever since the CCTV footage surfaced online, it has provoked widespread criticism on Twitter with a number of users also questioning the motives behind the publication.
Meanwhile, the National President of the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPPAN), Bolaji Amusan, popularly known as Mr. Latin, has reacted to the ongoing sexual assault case against Yoruba actor, Baba Ijesha.
Baba Ijesha, whose real name is Olanrewaju James, was arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl under the care of comedienne, Adekola Adekanya, aka Princess.
TAMPPAN had earlier spoken on the defilement allegations leveled against Baba Ijesha, vowing to support the government to ensure that ignoble acts are checked within the society.
However, Mr Latin in an Instagram video stated that he has been receiving calls from different quarters that Baba Ijesha should also be expelled from TAMPPAN.
But Mr Latin said Baba Ijesha was never a member of the association and so there is no need to expel him.
Mr Latin stressed that the best TAMPPAN can do is to condemn Baba Ijesha over the allegation leveled against him as a colleague in the industry.
“We, as an association have condemned the act in totality, that’s the way to go, but a lot of people are calling me to ban him from the association he never belonged to.
“He is a colleague in the industry as an actor, entertainer, and we have done what we have within our power. No right-thinking human being will support molestation or lobby for his release.
“Everyone condemned the act, and I am not an exception and because he is not my member, there is little I can do,” he said.
In a related development, Actress Iyabo Ojo has blasted her colleague in the industry, Bukky Black for supporting accused paedophile, Baba Ijesha.
James Omiyinka alias Baba Ijesha is accused of serially molesting a 14-year-old girl, from the time the victim was seven years old.
Bukky Black, in response to allegations against the actor, said she believes the actor is not guilty as charged.
She said in a video on her Instagram page that Baba Ijesha’ she knows isn’t capable of doing such as he has always been shy around women.
Bukky Black also slammed Iyabo Ojo for going to the police station to demand that Ijesha shouldn’t be released.
Iyabo questioned the nature of friendship between Bukky and Baba Ijesha.
She went on to tag the US-based star as a disgrace to motherhood and women in general.