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The Lagos State Police Command reported to PUNCH Metro via a senior officer that an order has been given to free him from police custody within the next 24 hours.
According to PUNCH, this is owing to the current strike by members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, which has rendered the courts inoperable, and the defendant cannot be held indefinitely without a hearing.
According to the report, an enquiry into Omiyinka’s latest accusation found that he did not defile the woman, and the victim affirmed this when asked.
Regardless of whether Baba Ijesha is granted bail, the investigation will proceed, as the command has already requested legal advice from the state Ministry of Justice, according to the report.
According to the senior police officer, “there was no case of defilement; people are just talking out of emotion.” They are not speaking from a legal standpoint. We spent three hours today interviewing all those involved with the investigation (Wednesday).
“The mother complained that her child was at the age of seven when she was defiled and the child pointed at Baba Ijesha. But the case was not reported until she was 14 years and under the law, the case has become statute-barred.
“Regarding this new case, the CCTV footage has been assessed and nowhere was it captured that Baba Ijesha defiled her. The footage only showed him touching the victim’s body but it never showed him having any sexual intercourse with the girl. The girl also confirmed the same thing.
“So, in law, it is a case of indecent assault and not sexual harassment, and it is open to bail. So, can we continue to keep him when the offence is subject to bail and when there is no court sitting? That is against his fundamental human rights and the police do not work on sentiments. Directives have been given out for his release on bail.”