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Friends and family of embattled actor, Olanrenwaju Omiyinka, popularly known as “Baba Ijesha” have opened a GoFundMe account to cover his legal expenses.
Baba Ijesha was arrested and detained by the Lagos state police after he was alleged to have sexually molested a minor at age 7 and 14.
He was first granted bail on May 17 — after spending about 25 days in police detention — by magistrates in charge of prison decongestion.
But he was remanded in police custody till a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja on Thursday, June 24 granted him bail.
The legal fee accrued in the course of the trial made a friend of the actor, Oladele Matti, who resides in Dublin, Ireland open the GoFundMe account. The campaign titled ‘Help Olanrewaju Omiyinka with Legal Costs’ has a target of €50,000 (about N24 million).
Speaking on the fundraising, Matti said, “Hi, my name is Oladele Matti and I am fundraising for Olanrewaju Omiyinka aka Baba Ijesha Legal Costs. A gesture of support/Goodwill/Solidarity to assist with the legal costs of a complicated and lengthy process that will likely offer the best chance of successfully obtaining fairness and justice.
He continued, “Olanrewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha, is a popular actor/comedian. He was charged to court on the 24th of June, 2021 after spending over two months in police custody without bail. An act, which breached his fundamental human rights. In view of the above, we, Olarenwaju Omiyinka aka Baba Ijesha’s friends, fans, and supporters have started this GoFundMe campaign to give a helping hand to raise funds to pay for his legal expenses. Thank you for your love and support!”