Olanrewaju James, popularly known as, Baba Ijesha, detained by police for alleged sexual assault has been granted bail.
His lawyer, Adesina Ogunlana, confirmed this to newsmen on Monday.
“He has been granted bail about one hour ago. We are working to perfect the bail. He was granted bail on health grounds. He has not been released. He will be released after his bail conditions have been met,” he said.
NewsWireNGR recalls that, the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Lagos State Ministry of Justice, had stalled any possibility of releasing the embattled Yoruba actor, Olanrewaju James, popularly known as, “Baba Ijesha” on bail.
The DPP said it arrived at the decision “because of the criminal charges Baba Ijesha has to answer”.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had made the disclosure to reporters at the Police Public Relations Office, Oduduwa, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos State. Baba Ijesha was arrested in April for allegedly sexually molesting a minor.
Mr Adejobi said that the DPP advised the police to still detain Baba Ijesha, because the case against him, according to legal advice, “is sexual assault by penetration”, pending when he would be charged to court.
“Invariably sexual assault is more like defilement too, considering the age of the victim.
“So, Baba Ijesha is being kept with the police not within our own power, but because of the legal advice from the DPP pending when Baba Ijesha’s case will be charged to court.
“If the DPP has advised us to release Baba Ijesha, we will have released him,” the spokesperson said.