Baba Ijesha’S Confession Was Obtained Under Duress Yomi Fabiyi
Yomi Fabiyi, a Nollywood star, has said that his embattled colleague, Baba Ijesha, who is accused of molesting a minor, confessed under duress.
In the midst of Fabiyi’s new protest, actress Iyabo Ojo filed a defamation lawsuit against the actor.
According to The Country, the two had been at odds over Baba Ijesha’s situation, with opposing viewpoints.
Iyabo filed a N100 million lawsuit against him for alleged defamation on Wednesday, giving their feud a new dimension.
The continued detention of Baba Ijesha beyond 48 hours without recourse to the courts for a “fair trial” is unconstitutional, according to a video from the protest posted on Fabiyi’s Instagram page on Thursday.
Fabiyi also alleged that the suspect’s confession was collected under duress, claiming that the video in which he confessed to the attack shows that the embattled actor was “tortured into speaking.”
“When the police are doing their legal duties, citizens must show respect. People have rights as well. But what we’ve noticed is that when our colleague Baba Ijesha was brought here, a lot of evidence was thrown online,” Fabiyi says.
“We maintained that we would wait patiently for the rule of law to take its course, that we would let the cops do their job. It’s a bailable offense, according to the CP. But it’s been two weeks and he still hasn’t been released.
“A minor was used as a bait,” says the narrator. That has not been mentioned by the police. There is proof of torture (on Baba Ijesha). There is proof that a confession was obtained under duress. They went so far as to threaten the suspect’s life. The police have taken no action in response to these complaints.
“The opinion of the DPP is legal advice. It isn’t a courtroom. Unless he is proved guilty, this man is also presumed innocent.
“A law is a law is a law is a law is a law is Except for a seating judge from a competent court, no one or organization has the authority to rule or extend the detention of any suspect in police custody for a bailable offense(s) beyond 48 hours.
“And now there’s a strike in the court. The best way is to release Baba Ijesha on administrative bail to a trustworthy surety. Even as we speak, the gentleman’s rights are being trampled on,” Fabiyi said.