We Will Keep Baba Ijesha Until JUSUN Resumes, Police Tell Protesters
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has disclosed that the detention of accused Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, better known as Baba Ijesha, is because of a legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions in the state Ministry of Justice.
The Commissioner of Police, Odumosu reacted to the protest staged by Omiyinka’s colleague, Yomi Fabiyi, and others, who demanded his release on bail.
Odumosu said, “When they got the SCIID today (Wednesday), they were advised by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the SCIID, and he told them that we have done our work and sought legal advice from the Ministry of Justice and the advice was that we should still keep him in our custody.
“When we concluded our investigation, we forwarded our report to the ministry for legal advice. The ministry advised us through the Office of the Public Defender.
The legal advice was that there was a prima facie case established against him and some sections of the law were quoted in the advice.
So, the advice was that he should still remain in our custody and to be charged for that.”
“Regarding the JUSUN strike, they agreed to be working for three days and striking for two days.
They will go on strike on Monday and Tuesday, while the courts will sit on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
“It was our hope that they would work on Wednesday, but coincidentally, Wednesday and Thursday are public holidays.
But if the courts continue to remain shut, the Ministry of Justice may further review the report. But right now, we are relying on the advice of the ministry.”
“Baba Ijesha’s case, as we are aware, has gone to the DPP. And the DPP has advised us on what to do.
What we are waiting for is for the courts to resume; as soon as the courts resume, we will arraign him,”