The Lagos State government has closed its case against embattled Nollywood actor, James Olanrewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha, who is facing trial over allegations of defilement.
Director, Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Olayinka Adeyemi, made this known on Wednesday after the cross-examination of the sixth prosecution witness by the defence.
“The prosecution has closed its case against the defendant,” the DPP said in court.
Following the DPP’s statement, the defence counsel, Kayode Olabiran, announced to the court that the defendant intended to file a no-case submission.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo said: “We will take the no-case submission in the New Year; the court is rounding up.”
In a related development, the presiding judge also ruled that Baba Ijesha’s confessional statement to the police was admissible in evidence.
She added that there was no evidence before the court, which proved that the embattled Nollywood actor was tortured into making the statement to the police.
“Sitting on the floor does not vitiate the confessional statement. The statement is found to be relevant and admissible,” the judge said.