The Lagos state commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu has insisted that Nollywood Yoruba actor, Olanrewaju James, also known as Baba Ijesha will remain detained until the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) suspend its nationwide strike.
The Commissioner said this on Wednesday while reacting to a protest led by fellow actor, Yomi Fabiyi demanding for the release of the actor.
The Yomi Fabiyi led protest had stormed the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti in Yaba to demand his release on bail.
But Odumosu says Baba Ijesha’s continued detention is due to a directive of the directorate of public prosecutions (DPP) in the state ministry of justice.
“When they got the SCIID today (Wednesday), they were advised by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the SCIID, and he told them that we have done our work and sought legal advice from the Ministry of Justice and the advice was that we should still keep him in our custody,” he said.
“When we concluded our investigation, we forwarded our report to the ministry for legal advice. The ministry advised us through the Office of the Public Defender. The legal advice was that there was a prima facie case established against him and some sections of the law were quoted in the advice. So, the advice was that he should still remain in our custody and to be charged for that.”
He also disclosed that the ministry might review its stance on the movie star’s detention if the JUSUN strike continues to linger.
Recall that JUSUN had on April 6 embarked on a nationwide strike in protest of the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary.
The industrial action had prevented courts from sitting — thereby making it difficult to arraign the Yoruba actor.