The Lagos State Government’s prosecution team informed an Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday that one of the witnesses scheduled to testify against Nollywood star Olanrewaju James alias Baba Ijesha is afraid to testify in court.
Mr Yusuf Sule, the state’s attorney, revealed the information on Friday while explaining the absence of two witnesses scheduled to testify against the actor in his ongoing sexual assault trial, according to NAN.
“My lord, the first witness, a police officer, was unable to attend in court today because he has been reassigned and must obtain authorization to appear from his previous station.”
“The second witness could not come to court because he is jittery, he is scared to come to court.
“My lord, we will ensure that all the witnesses are in court by next Friday,” the prosecutor mentioned.
Following the submission, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case until November 19 for the continuation of trial.
Baba Ijesha is facing a six-count charge bordering on the indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration.
The alleged offences contravene Sections 135, 259, 262, 263 and 262 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
About five witnesses including the alleged victim and her foster mother, actress and comedienne Damilola Adekoya alias Princess have testified so far for the prosecution.
The others are a child expert, Mrs Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode; a medical doctor, Dr Aniekan Makanjuola; and a police officer, ASP Wahab Kareem.