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Baba Ijesha In Court, Denies Sexual Assault

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Baba Ijesha In Court, Denies Sexual Assault

As Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, appeared before the Ikeja Special Offences Court in Lagos on Thursday, he insisted on not being guilty to the charges of child molestation.

Baba Ijesha pleaded not guilty to a six-count charge bordering on indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration.

The offences contravene Sections 135, 259, 262, 263 and 262 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Following the plea, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, requested that the defendant should be remanded by the court.

In a bail application supported by a 29-paragraph affidavit, Lead defence counsel, Mr Dada Awosika (SAN), prayed the court to grant the defendant bail in liberal terms.

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The bail application was brought pursuant to Section 105(2) and (3) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2015, and Sections 35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

“I will wish to note that the issue of bail, especially on an offence of this nature, is a constitutional right.

“This is a right the defendant has been deprived of for the past 48 days when he was unlawfully held by the police.

“We are also not unconscious of the JUSUN strike which made it difficult to bring him to court,” he said.

The counsel prayed the court to grant the defendant bail, saying that it was guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution.

“Imagine if this man is kept in detention for many years and is found innocent, will there be any restitution? No.

“Justice and fairness should be done,” he said.

In response, Adeyemi urged that the defendant should be denied bail.

According to her, the defendant is a flight risk and could influence witnesses, if granted bail.

“I want to bring to my lord’s attention the nature of one of the offences – sexual assault by penetration – which carries life imprisonment.

“Bail is a discretionary right, it is not a constitutional right.

“On the nature of the offence and the strength of the evidence, there is a prima facie case before your lordship.

“The court should take judicial notice of the crime which is rampant in society,” she said.

Adeyemi said that prosecution had six witnesses in the case.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo stood down proceedings to give ruling on the bail application.

 

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Nollywood Actor, Williams Uchemba Reveals Sacrifice His Wife Made For His Success

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Nollywood Actor, Williams Uchemba Reveals Sacrifice His Wife Made For His Success

Nollywood actor, Williams Uchemba has disclosed that in a bid to see him succeed, his wife sacrificed her medical profession.

The actor made this known in an appreciation post to his wife and other good wives via his Instagram account on Friday.

Uchemba also acknowledged that being a wife is tasking, adding that she abandoned her medical career to help him handle most of his business.

”Shout out to all the wives that make life easy for their husbands.

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”I want to appreciate my wife and all the wives out there. Being a wife is tasking enough and being the wife of someone who is everywhere is another level of superhuman, and that is who you are.

”You put your medical profession on hold to help me build my goals and dreams, handling most of my business as I would still amazes me. Thank you!

”And thank you to all the wives out there that make life peaceful and easy for their husbands. You guys are the real MVPs,” he wrote.

 

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Nigerian Idol: Francis Atela Gets Govt Appointment

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Nigeria Idol: Francis Atela Gets Govt Appointment

Francis Atela, the runner up in the just concluded Nigerian Idol TV show was on Wednesday decorated by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom as the Youth Ambassador of the State.

Governor Ortom, who performed the decoration at the New Banquet Hall of Benue Peoples House Makurdi said Atela had showcased his thrilling performance to the world and deserved to be honoured.

He stated that Benue youth remain the hope of the state and Nigeria, stressing that their mature behaviour during the End SARS Protests and demonstration of competence in many other areas of endeavours were worth celebrating.

The Governor urged the youth to identify and develop their talents so as to add value to the state and country in general.

While acknowledging other artistes for their thrilling performances, the Governor announced his administration’s plans to organise a carnival or performance to showcase Benue talents to the world.

He noted that Francis Atela would be supported to fulfil his dream and to launch him out to the world, even as he directed his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase to liaise with Information, Culture and Tourism Commissioner to work out a plan of support for the honored.

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The Governor stated that the reception accorded Atela by Benue youth was a show of love and synergy by the youth and encouraged them to sustain the tempo.

The star singer, Francis Atela thanked Governor Ortom and youth in the state for the honour, saying he felt alone for a while when he started the Nigerian Idol show but brothers and sisters came in to make it happen.

Chairman of the Central Planning Committee, Mr Terrence Kuanum, acknowledged the love always shown the Benue youth by Governor Ortom, pointing out that though Atela did not win the crown, he didn’t lose out.

Other Benue artistes who accompanied Atela to the Benue Peoples House also thanked Governor Ortom for his fatherly support to the youth and entertainment industry and pledged their commitment to make the state proud.

 

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Prison Break Star, Michael Scofield Diagnosed With Autism

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Prison Break Star, Michael Scofield Diagnosed With Autism

Hollywood actor, Wentworth Miller, popularly known as ‘Michael Scofield’ has been diagnosed with autism.

The Prison Break star disclosed this in a post via his Instagram account on Wednesday.

According to Scofield, the news came as a shock but not a surprise.

”Like everyone, life in quarantine took things from me but in the quiet/isolation, I found unexpected gifts.

”This fall marks 1 year since I received my informal autism diagnosis. Preceded by a self-diagnosis which was followed by a formal diagnosis.

”I don’t know enough about autism. Right now my work looks like it is evolving my understanding. Re-examining 5 decades of lived experience through a new lens.

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”Meanwhile, I don’t want to run the risk of suddenly being a loud, ill-informed voice in the room. The autistic community has historically been talked over.

”If anyone’s interested in delving deeper into autism I’ll point you toward the numerous individuals sharing thoughtful + inspiring content on Instagram, TikTok… Unpacking terminology. Adding nuance. Fighting stigma.

”That’s the extent of what I’m inclined to share atm.

”I also want to say to the many people who consciously or unconsciously gave me that extra bit of grace and space over the years, allowed me to move thru the world in a way that made sense to me whether or not it made sense to them, I just want to say thank you,” he wrote.

 

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