Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James alias Baba Ijesha has told an Ikeja Special Offences Court that actress and comedienne, Ms Damilola Adekoya alias Princess, is his former lover.
The actor stated this in his testimony as the second defence witness at his criminal trial for allegedly defiling the 14-year-old foster daughter of Princess.
Led in evidence by his lawyer, Mr Dada Awosika (SAN), Baba Ijesha gave a vivid description of the nature of the relationship he used to have with Princess.
Earlier in his evidence, the defendant shed some light on how he met the comedienne. He said he received a phone call from Princess while he was On-Air Personality on Radio Lagos and LTV 8.
The defendant said that during their relationship, he met Princess’s mother, who liked him because they were namesakes and that she gave him her daughter’s nickname, “Mama Larry”.
He said that Princess’s mother also advised him to take care of her daughter and that though her daughter was stubborn, she was assured that he could “handle her”
Narrating what transpired on the day in October, 2014, when he allegedly sexually molested Princess’ foster daughter with a car key, he said on his return from visiting his wife at the United Kingdom, he received a phone call from Princess.
He said the comedienne informed him that she was sick and needed some fruits, which he bought for him.
Under cross-examination by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Dr Jide Martins, the defendant denied defiling the minor with his car key during the visit to her foster mother’s home in 2014.
He however admitted knowing the child since she was seven-years-old and that he had visited Princess’ home seven-years ago.
Baba Ijesha who at a point broke down in tears during the cross-examination said that the evidence he gave in court in his defence was not an afterthought.
He described Princess as a jilted lover and that he had evidence that he and Princess were in a relationship, though such evidence was not tendered in court.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case until March 11 for continuation of defence.