Iyabo Ojo, a Nollywood actress, has released a statement in response to the conviction of Olanrewaju Omiyinka, also known as Baba Ijesa.
According to The NigerianWatch, the actor was charged with six counts of child defilement at his arraignment before the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court in Lagos. These charges included the indecent treatment of children, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by penetration.
The prosecution failed to establish the defendant’s guilt of all the allegations against him beyond a reasonable doubt, according to Justice Taiwo Oluwatoyin, who gave the ruling on Thursday.
However, the defendant was convicted on four of the six charges brought against him and received a 16-year prison term.
He received a three-year sentence on count 2, a five-year sentence on count 3, a three-year sentence on count 4, and a five-year sentence on count 5. The five-year prison sentences will run consecutively.
One of the most prominent advocates for Baba Ijesa’s victim and her foster mother, Nollywood actor and comedian Princess, was Ojo, a sexual assault survivor herself.
The Real Housewives of Lagos reality TV actress commented on the verdict on her Instagram page on Thursday, calling it a triumph for abuse victims.
She also advised victims of abuse to “speak out” and never keep quiet.
Never be AFRAID to speak out and speak out, I urge all female and boy children who are being mistreated. You deserve this win, she added in the message.