Disgraced Nollywood actor Olanrewaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison by a Lagos court.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Thursday, July 14, 2022, announced the sentence.
Baba Ijesha was arrested on April 22, 2021, by the Lagos State Police Command, for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the care of comedienne Princess.
He was found guilty of four of six offenses; two charges attract five years while the remaining two attract three years. Justice Taiwo, however, discharged and acquitted him of counts one and six: sexual assault by penetration and attempted sexual assault by penetration.
He pleaded not guilty to all the counts.
Baba Ijesha’s 16-year jail term will run concurrently, which means that the actor will spend five years behind bars.