Court refuses to grant Baba Ijesha‘s bail application pending an appeal
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, Ikeja Special Offences Court, refused Wednesday, September 21 to grant a bail request filed by Nollywood actor, James Olarewaju, alias Baba Ijesha.
Ijesha sought bail to appeal the five-year sentence for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.
Taiwo rescinded the bail application because the actor did not meet the criteria and exceptional circumstances.
The judge said;
“The applicant must show special and exceptional circumstances because the term given to him is five years which is to run concurrently.
“There is no evidence that the appeal has been entered and there is no indication before this court that the court will not treat the case expeditiously.
“It is in the view of this court that the applicant has failed to show special circumstances to warrant him bail because he is facing a serious crime.
“In view of this case, I am inclined to refuse the bail application of the applicants pending appeal.”