The Lagos police authorities have denied claims of monetising the release of Baba Ijesha, the Yoruba actor alleged to have assaulted a 14-year-old foster daughter of Comedian Princess.


Baba Ijesha, whose real name is James Olanrewaju, had been granted bail on Monday after 25 days in police detention.

But he has remained in police custody despite being granted bail.

Adesina Ogunlana, a lawyer who claimed to be in Baba Ijesha’s legal team, also alleged that the Lagos police’s decision to monetise the film star’s release prevented his freedom.


Reacting to the claims on Friday, Muyiwa Adejobi, the Lagos police public relations officer (PPRO), denied any attempt by the police to extort the actor.

“It’s not true. No one is monetising his release. He has not met with the bail conditions. Anyone making such an allegation is mischievous or seeking undue public attention,” Adejobi told TheCable Lifestyle.

Muyiwa also questioned the veracity of Ogunlana’s claim about being on the legal team handling Baba Ijesha’s case.


He pointed out that Baba Ijesha’s failure to immediately meet his bail terms informed his continued detention.

“Everyone involved in his case knows he has not met the bail conditions. Ijesha’s case is purely a legal matter and there are procedures to follow. The command is not keeping him but the law,” The PPRO added.

“Yes. Any contrary. He who alleges must prove. However, the man alleging is not Ijeshas lawyer. Find out.”


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