Sexual Assault: Baba Ijesha returns to prison

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Embattled Nigerian actor, Baba Ijesha has been denied bail by a Magistriate court sitting in Lagos in the ongoing trial over alleged sexual assault.

The movie star was arrested and detained by the Lagos state police after he was alleged to have sexually molested a minor at 7 and 14.

He was later granted bail on May 17 — after spending about 25 days in police detention — by magistrates in charge of prison decongestion. But he has remained in police custody despite the bail.

During the trial on Wednesday, Kayode Olabiran, his counsel, prayed the court to release his client, citing his deteriorating health.

He said the controversial nature of the case has made it difficult to secure his release despite his bail as intending sureties were scared of the likely consequences.

But in his ruling, P. E Nwaka, the judge, held that the court can not grant the actor bail because the matter is beyond its jurisdiction.

The judge also explained that the case has already been filed before the high court.

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