R.ape: Court Admits CCTV Footage As Evidence Against Baba Ijesha
Footage of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) which captured actor Baba Ijesha allegedly se.xually molesting a minor, was on Monday July 26 admitted as evidence by special offences courts unit of the Lagos state high court.
This came after the state director of public prosecution (DPP), Olayinka Adeyemi presented three witnesses including Comedienne Princess against the actor who is being tried on a six-count charge which includes sex.ual assault by penetration, indecent treatment of a child, and s.exual assault.
Shortly after the minor’s foster mother, Princess gave an account of what transpired, Adeyemi presented a CD copy of the CCTV footage before the court as evidence.
Baba Ijesha’s counsel, Babatunde Ogala however opposed this, arguing that the CCTV footage was not “primary evidence.
“Primary evidence is not secondary evidence. The maker of the CCTV footage is the primary evidence. The CD is secondary evidence which is not admissible.”
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo however ruled that the footage can be admitted in the case as the witness and prosecution had laid enough foundation for its admission.
Justice Taiwo said;
“She (Princess) has laid enough foundation, so it’s admissible. The witness has given enough information on it so I’ll allow it.”