September 28, 2022

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On Friday, Nollywood star Olanrewaju James (alias Baba Ijesha) told an Ikeja Special Offences Court that comedienne Damilola Adekoya (alias Princess) was his ex-girlfriend.

According to reports, the actor testified as the second defense witness during his trial for alleged defilement of Princess’s 14-year-old foster daughter.

Baba Ijesha described the nature of his alleged relationship with Princess, led in evidence by defense counsel Mr Dada Awosika (SAN).

“We were dating, my lord; she always slept in my room. We slept together, I touched her, she touched me, she kissed me and I kissed her,” he said.

Earlier, the defendant told t

Earlier in court, the defendant described how he met the comedienne.

He claimed he received a call from Princess while working as a radio and television host on Radio Lagos and LTV 8.

“She said she was my number one fan and she asked me to promote her on my programme. That is how we started.

“She told me she wanted to join the Yoruba section because the English section is bad, Ali Baba is bad, Buchi is bad. She also asked me to introduce her to my producer,” he said.

The defendant said that in the course of the relationship, he met Princess’s mother and she gave him her nickname which is “Mama Larry”.

He said that Princess’s mother advised him to take care of her daughter and that though her daughter was stubborn, he could handle her.

“I promised to promote her, I cannot allow anything to affect her career, I cannot hurt a woman, I’ve never done it in my life,” he said.

Narrating what transpired in 2014, the day he allegedly sexually molested Princess’s foster daughter with a car key, he said that in October 2014, a day after he returned from visiting his wife in the United Kingdom, he received a phone call from Princess.

He said the comedienne informed him that she was battling ill-health and needed some fruits.

According to him, he bought some fruits and took them to her home.

“Immediately I opened the door to her house, I saw her half-naked and I told her that I was outside, your fruit is inside the car.

“A few minutes after, the young girl (Princess’s foster daughter) came to pick the fruits from the car; she even met some area boys asking me for money. I gave her the fruits and she left,” he said.

Under cross-examination by the Lagos State Director of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Dr Jide Martins, the defendant denied defiling the minor with his car key during a visit to her foster mother’s home in 2014.

He, however, admitted knowing the child since she was seven years old, adding that he had visited Princess’ home seven years ago.

“Princess is not my benefactor, she is the one who benefitted from me,” he said.

Baba Ijesha, who at a point broke down in tears during the cross-examination, said that the evidence he gave in court in his defence was not an afterthought.

He described Princess as a jilted lover, saying that much evidence existed to show that he and Princess were in a relationship, though such evidence was not tendered in court.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case until March 11 for the continuation of defence.

NAN reports that Baba Ijesha faces a six-count charge bordering on the indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration.

Six prosecution witnesses gave evidence against Baba Ijesha while two witnesses have so testified in his defence.

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