Veteran actor, Deji Aderemi has defended embattled actor Baba Ijesha, stating that it isn’t a case of rape as sleeping with one another is paramount in the Nollywood industry.
Baba Ijesha was arraigned at a Special Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja, today, Thursday June 24.
He was charged with alleged rape, sexual assault and abuse of comedian Princess Damiola’s foster minor. He was arrested and have been in police custody for over a month before his court hearing today.
Aderemi has now reacted to the case while speaking at the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Lagos where Baba Ijesha was arraigned.
‘I came to court because they said somebody slept with someone. This is a normal thing in our industry. Even you reporters, would you say you do not sleep with each other? It is something that happens every day in the industry. If this person has done something wrong, they should reprimand him rather than laying false accusations on him.
There is no successful female actor that would say that she has not been slept with in the industry before.
They now planned for him. This issue hurts so many people. I know it will never be well with them. They turned another person’s child into a prisoner. Because of what? They laid a false allegation against him.
I came to the proceedings today to come and learn from it to learn life lessons. These are the same people that he has eaten with before. How come they are now laying such an allegation on him.
Since I started acting, I have never heard of such a thing before. It isn’t like this thing doesn’t happen but I am surprised it is going to court.”
‘‘I called Iyabo Ojo and I told her that she is a child among us. I told her that as her father I want her to forget the case. Iyabo asked me if I would like such a thing to happen to my daughter?. I told her that I was talking to her as her father. She hung the phone on me. Princess hasn’t been vocal. It is Iyabo we have been seeing doing different recordings.
How much did they collect from Iyabo that she reached this height in her career? Have they not slept with her also? We know everything. It is not a new thing in our circle.”
“In mosques they sleep with themselves, in churches they sleep with themselves. They planned for him. God will plan for them as well” he said