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Entertainment of Monday, 26 July 2021


How I groomed, registered Baba Ijesha for adult lesson - Princess reveals

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Popular Nigerian Comedienne and actress, Damilola Adekoya aka Princess told the Lagos State Special Offences Court how she met her embattled colleague, Olanrewaju ‘Baba Ijesha’ Omiyinka.

She made the disclosure on Monday, July 26, 2021.

The actress also gave a witness account of how Baba Ijesha allegedly molested her foster daughter.

She said, "I met Olarewaju James Omiyinka aka Baba Ijesha in 2008 after an event I went to. And after the event two of his PAs (personal assistants) said it would be nice for us to do a comedy skit together.

“Our own side of entertainment (Nollywood) was classier that if I’m sure I’d be available for the skit, I should give him my number.”

She told the court that some persons came to her the same day to tell her that “Baba Ijesha really admires” her but she warned them to tell him not to “blow the opportunity.”

Princess mentioned that they had a meeting concerning the comedy skit and he apologised for making advances at her.

She narrated that she got close to the actor afterwards, especially after her marriage crashed in 2013 and when she collapsed months after undergoing surgery.

She said Baba Ijesha came around to offer support at her residence.

She said some months later, he called to tell her that he was experiencing similar marital problems with his wife and begged her to intervene.

She said the actor told her that his wife left because he wasn’t educated.

She added that she tried to talk to his wife but she refused to reconcile with him

“When I went to London, I called his wife, immediately I mentioned his name, she said he didn’t have anything to do with him,” she said.

The comedienne claimed that she supported Baba Ijesha’s education, “registered him at a lesson known for grooming students,” so that he can “get more visibility.”

She also said she introduced him to her colleagues in the comedy industry and checked up on him when he gained admission into the University of Lagos, (Unilag), but he wasn’t showing up for classes.

She alleged that Baba Ijesha sexually assaulted her foster daughter when he came to support her (Princess) after her major surgery in 2013.

She explained that her daughter, the alleged victim, opened up to her some months ago.

She said prior to that time, she had noticed that her daughter was not doing well in school.

“Well, that weekend, she seemed a bit distracted but by Monday in school, they had a test, she was an A student, she went from 90% to 20%.

“We were advised to engage her in extracurricular activities.

She recalled that around 2019 while she and her colleagues were on a bus to Ilorin, capital of Kwara State, “he looked at my daughter in 2019 and said, "My small wife that ran away.”

According to her, her daughter explained that the sexual assault occurred when she (Princess) was recovering from the surgery in 2013.