Nollywood Actor, Babatunde James popularly know as Baba Ijesha who is facing a six-count charge bordering on sexual assault, indecent treatment of a child, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration testified at an Ikeja Special Offences Court in Lagos that he didn’t sexually assault a minor but was only playing the role of a lover boy.
According to NAN, Baba Ijesha said “On April 19, 2021, Princess sent me a message that she wanted to start a production and she would like me to play the role of a lover boy which I replied ‘okay’. She said I was to play the role of a lover boy, adding that she wanted to surprise people that I can also play normal roles. She said the story is about rape and she wanted to tell the story in another dimension. Before I entered, Princess met me at the balcony that the movie production was a Lagos State project, adding that the state wanted her to be the face of ‘anti-child molestation.’”
“She told me to improvise and create a story by myself. I told her the house was dark when I entered. She said we should rehearse that she would use her phone. Princess told me to kiss and suck the breast of the child, adding that the dress the girl was wearing was purposely for the role the girl wanted to play. She would leave the room so that the child would not be shy to play out the role. All those things we are seeing in that video is just acting. My lord, check my record when it comes to acting, I can kill myself and die for acting.”
“She was the one directing and filming my angles. She told me I could go into the kitchen as well. She told the girl in question; you remember what I told you, when I leave the room now, act out your role perfectly.
“The girl removed my shoe and I started acting out my role. I romanced her based on the movie role Princess gave me. As I was acting with the girl, kissing and licking her fingers, I was also whispering to her ‘hey do not look at the camera’.” he further stated.
Baba Ijesha who admitted knowing the 14-year old victim at age seven, however, denied defiling her with a car key when she was seven year old.
The judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case until March 11 for continuation of defence.