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I confessed under duress —Baba Ijesha

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NOLLYWOOD actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, has made a U-turn, disowning the confessional statement attributed to him in the charge bordering on sexual offences pressed against him.

He said he was forced to sign the statement after thugs beat and tortured him to admit to the said offence.

Omiyinka disclosed this during a trial-within-trial held on Friday before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Court, Ikeja.

He said he was beaten with a stick, forced to sit on the floor and sign the statement.

He also claimed that everything in the statement was dictated to the police by the complainant, Ms Damilola Adekola, a.k.a. Princess, a comedienne.

He was led in evidence by one of his counsel, Dada Awosika, SAN, during the trial-within-trial.

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“My cloth was torn. I was forced to sit on the ground. My body was shaking. They showed me the statement. I did not volunteer the statement. I was just asked to sign it. Princess dictated everything to them,” he alleged.

He said when the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Inspector Oname Abigail, arrived at Princess’ house on April 19, the day he was arrested, the complainant got some boys to beat him inside a room before allowing the IPO in that room.

He said when he was led outside, some boys, again, came and beat him before he was rescued by some police officers who took him on a bike to Sabo Divisional Police Headquarters and locked him up in a cell.

During cross-examination by the prosecuting counsel, Yusuf Sule, Baba Ijesha insisted that he did not volunteer the statement but the content was dictated to the police by the complainant.

He also denied knowledge of the current residence of the complainant, insisting that only her former residence was known to him.

But curiously, he owned up to the names of his father, mother, primary and secondary schools attended, his age, dropping out of University of Lagos, Akoka, when he could no longer cope with a course he was studying, as contained in the said statement.

Baba Ijesha failed to respond when confronted by the prosecution that the IPO could not have known his details if he did not volunteer any information to her.

But the police representative insisted that Baba Ijesha voluntarily made the statement under caution and approved of it when it was read to him.

Inspector Abigail insisted she read cautionary words to Baba Ijesha and that he told her he understood English and everything she read to him.

Baba Ijesha is facing a sixcount charge bordering on allegations of indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
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I can comfortably buy a guy, keep him in my house, control him – Nkechi Blessing [VIDEO]

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Nollywood actress, Nkechi Blessing Sunday has made a bold financial statement claiming that with the money she has, she can comfortably buy a guy, keep him in her house and control him

Nkechi Blessing made this claim during an Instagram live session with car dealer and mediator, Chidi Mike CMC.

She joined the live session which featured three other people apart from Chidi, with the topic of discussion being on marriage and whether it is compulsory for a woman to get married or not.

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According to the movie star, he would be under her total control as she’ll put him in her house and dictate how the relationship should go based on her liking.

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Actor Olaiya Igwe prostrates for MC Oluomo for car gift

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Prominent Yoruba Nollywood actor, Ebun Oloyede, popularly known as Olaiya Igwe, has been spotted in a video prostrating for the Chairman of the Lagos State Parks Management Committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, also called MC Oluomo.

This followed a car gift the ex-Lagos State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers gave him.

It was a Mercedes Benz GLK SUV.

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In a video shared by Oluomo’s son, King Westt, Oloyede first held his head in surprise and then prostrated after the key to the car was handed over to him.

In the post on his Instagram page, King Westt wrote: “My dad surprised actor Olaiya Igwe with a new Benz, it’s actually good to be good”

“See how he pushed him, he was scared.

“When you’re loyal you will always get what belongs to you.”

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Robbers invade comic act Hafiz Oyetoro’s home

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Robbers on Monday night attacked the residence of comic actor Hafiz Oyetoro.

According to reports, the robbers broke into the actor’s home around 2 am after disarming and tying down his security guards.

It was further reported that three other houses on the street, where the actor lived, were robbed with more devastating effect.

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Multiple reports claimed the robbers demanded N20m from the actor while threatening him with death.

They criminals carted away phones, laptops and all available cash in the actor’s home.

They also collected all ATM cards to withdraw all the funds in the accounts associated with the cards, another report claimed.

The actor is said to be doing fine with his family after the nasty incident.

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