Baba Ijesha was in court today for the commencement of his trial and a forensic expert made some revelations, ENigeria Newspaper reports.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja is hearing the case.
The two principal defense attorneys, Babatunde Ogala and Dada Awosika, were not present at the resumption of the hearing on Tuesday.
The two senior advocates of Nigeria had written to the court, requesting an adjournment since they were ill and out of the country, ENigeria Newspaper understands.
However, the state’s Director of Public Prosecution, Olayinka Adeyemi, contested the request for adjournment filed by a junior defense attorney, claiming that the date of the hearing had been disclosed to all counsel since August 19.
The judge decided that the case must go on, and the next witness was told to begin her evidence.
The court heard from Cece Yara, the Executive Director of the Cece Yara Child Advocacy Centre, who led the child forensic interview team that spoke with the claimed victim of Baba Ijesha sexual assaults.
She went on to say that the fourteen-year-old (names omitted) was outgoing, relaxed, and gave a detailed account of the events in question.
The defendant’s description from the child’s perspective, according to the witness, reflected the genuine dynamics of a child abuser, including intimidation, secrecy, threat, and coercion.
She submitted her interview report as well as a flashdrive of the session, which will be shown at the next hearing on October 20, 2021.
Baba Ijesha pleaded not guilty to the six-count accusation, which included alleged sexual assault between 2013 and 2014 by penetrating a then-seven-year-old with his car key and indecent treatment of a child.