Actor Olanrewaju James, alias Baba Ijesha who is popular in Yoruba movie, was unable to continue defence in his trial over allegation of defilement of a minor.
The followed the granting of submission by the defendant counsel, Mr Dotun Ajulo, who prayed for a short adjournment date to enable the senior lawyer, Mr Dada Awosika, SAN, who is indisposed to be in court.
In granting the submission, the trial judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Domestic Sexual and Special Offences Court, Ikeja fixed February 17 & 18, 2022 for the actor to continue his defence.
Baba Ijesha is facing a six-count charge bordering on indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration. He had pleaded not guilty to all the count charges when he was arraigned on June 24,2021.
At the resumption of trial, Mr. Ajulo told the court that the proceedings was scheduled for adoption of address on no-case submission but the defence has decided to enter defence.
The prosecution counsel, Dr. Jide Matins in his response prayed against the adjournment. He said the lawyer should continue with the case.
Justice Taiwo however granted defendant counsel request for a short date, said if the senior lawyers are not in court on the next date, the lawyer would go on with the case.