Baba Ijesha so despicable – Dabiri-Erewa

CEO Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
CEO Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa says Baba Ijesha is so despicable 
CEO Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa says Baba Ijesha is so despicable 

By Taiwo Okanlawon

The chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Arewa has reacted to the sexual assault allegations levied against Nollywood actor Olarenwaju James popularly known as Baba Ijesha.

Baba Ijesha was arrested some days back for molesting a minor. He reportedly confessed to his crimes.

In a tweet on Thursday, Dabiri lambasted Baba Ijesha, dismissing his plea for mercy in a now-viral video where he confessed to the crime.

According to the former lawmaker at the lower chamber of the National Assembly, the case would earn him no less than 14 years imprisonment.

She urged Nigerians to disregard the actor’s plea for mercy, while also calling on the relevant instruments of justice to ensure that maximum sentence is passed.

“So despicable! The act by Yoruba actor, Baba Ijesha, who defied a girl, at 7 years and later at 14 years! Who knows how many the pedophile could have damaged if he wasn’t caught,” Dabiri wrote.

“I sponsored the violence against person’s law. The penalty is nothing less than 14 years in prison. His plea, begging on some video I watched should not be acceptable.

“We should all do all we can to support the girl’s foster mother, Princess, to ensure this case goes to court and fully tried, and maximum sentence passed on him,” she added.

A police source had said the ongoing strike by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has prevented Baba Ijesha’s case from going to court and the suspect cannot be detained indefinitely without trial.

The source added that investigation into the allegation against Baba Ijesha revealed that there was no defilement, adding that when questioned, the victim confirmed the same.

Following the development, several Nigerians faulted the law, insisting that Baba Ijesha’s own admission of the crime was enough to make him face the full consequences of his crime.

Iyabo Ojo, who has since led the charge for Baba’s conviction, together with other concerned Nigerians on Thursday, April 29, 2021, charged down the gates of the Panti Police Division in Yaba.

The actress threatened to rain fire and brimstone should Baba be released due to any form of legal technicality.


  1. The devil probably made him do it. The devil makes a lot of people do a lot of absolutely crazy things in Nigerian society, and more or less across the planet. The problem with our society is that most of these things are institutionalised inadvertently because of our so called traditional and religious beliefs. There is urgent need to recognise sex as a form of abuse, just like hard and soft drugs, alcohol and domestic abuse. Nobody takes notice when a traditional ruler takes for a wife, a young woman, who can be the same age as his grand daughter. The notorious baba-ijesha in this case is more or less a product of his environment and possibly the tip of the ice berg. These things do not occur in isolation. Everyone resident in a particular environment and drinking from the same pool of water will be affected by the same kind of disease to a certain degree if the pool of water becomes polluted. Sex does not make anyone any better than they already are. People need to respect their body as well as other peoples bodies as it is the temple that houses their prime driver or soul as some would like to call it. It does not matter whether we believe it or not, the people we associate with sexually tend to affect our psyche in many ways than we can imagine. Those who want the head of baba-Ijesha should go further and rail against polygamy in our society, against underage marriage as all these actions are nothing but attempts to prove our manliness by dominating obviously weaker women.

    • What is the correlation between polygamy and pedophile? I believe you are one of the types that support extra marital activities instead of taking another wife if the man can take care of them (the wives).

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