Nollywood movie producer and actor, Yomi Fabiyi has withdrawn his stance with embattled actor, Baba Ijesha hours after CCTV footage revealed he indeed molested a minor; however, Fabiyi has revealed that there is a plot twist in the ongoing brouhaha.
Yomi Fabiyi in his Instagram stated that Baba Ijesha was ‘set up’ and only the law should be allowed to take effect in this case.
During the early hours of Sunday, May 2; the footage of Baba Ijesha real name Olanrewaju Omiyinka molesting the 14-year-old was published online.
Yomi Fabiyi has now condemned the act of using the minor as bait for Baba Ijesha who is said to have also molested the girl seven years ago.
According to him;
“If the girl was your child, can you make her go through such trauma again in the name of gathering evidence?”
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Yomi Fabiyi said this in a statement titled;
‘It Is Criminal To Molest A Minor Or Use A Minor As A Trap To Gather Evidence.’
The statement read;
“It is disturbing and unfortunate viewing the images of the released CCTV footage of a minor been sexually abused by a senior colleague, Mr. Lanre Omiyinka a.k.a Baba Ijesha.
There is no excuse for this act.
I condemn this act, it is embarrassing and disappointing.”
The statement reads further;
“I have carefully waited for reliable options before jumping to a conclusion as done in a civilized society; a stance a handful misconstrued as supporting the suspect.
It is a shame a handful in Nigeria still engage in social media recklessness in the name of the social media age.
NOWHERE HAVE I SUPPORTED OR CONDONE SUCH; someone just placed the idea and many without caution jumped on it. If you are not enlightened, SEEK KNOWLEDGE.
“The only person free from arrest and prosecution is the young lady.
Several red lines were crossed, IGNORANCE is never an excuse.
The key question every honest person should be asking is; “if the girl was your child, can you make her go through such trauma again in the name of gathering evidence? Where are the social services and domestic violence unit in Lagos State? Shelve press release and sentiments, swing into action.
“The law is sacrosanct and we all can agree a lot more needs to be done TO PROTECT CHILDREN IN NIGERIA.”
Yomi Fabiyi revealed in the latter part of the statement that he is remorseful for failing to support the minor.
His statement continued;
“I am sad, we have failed many innocent children and it is time we rise to this challenge; THE WORLD IS WATCHING.
Every Nigerian who honestly feels for the poor girl should take to the street in a peaceful protest; demand arrest of all connected to these ugly images.
It is a cause worth risking everything for; do it for humanity and every innocent child.
“However, sentiment should never be an excuse to abuse the rights of every suspect or persons connected; that is the only way to achieve peace; fairness, justice, and development.
Thanks to the Lagos Police Commissioner and officers for their meticulous investigation and efforts so far.
A society patient to balance a story seldom gets misled or stands with lies.
The media are doing a good job too. We want a safer Nigeria for every child.”
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