TAMPAN breaks silence over ongoing sexual assault trial of Baba Ijesha.

Written by on June 27, 2021

The Theatre Arts & Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria has revealed the reason for its silence on the ongoing trial of actor, Olarenwaju Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha.

The embattled actor, who is currently in court, has been charged with sexual assault of a minor which contravenes sections 135, 137, 261, 202, 262 and 263 of the Lagos State Criminal Law, 2015.

The Board of Trustees of TAMPAN and Elders of the Nigerian Motion Picture Industry, during a meeting made it known that they had remained silent on the issue because they respect the rule of law.

The Association stated that it became necessary to clear the air due to current insinuations flying about town noting that individual reaction of its members on the case does not represent their collective viewpoint.

Popular actor, Jide Kosoko, while reading the Association’s verdict, said, “For the purpose of clarity, the TAMPAN BoT and elders of the industry declare that we do not support any form of criminal behaviour in whatever guise and can never be a party to them.

“That we, as an Association, have stayed away from making comments on the Lanre Omiyinka (Baba Ijesha) saga because we believe in the rule of law, due process, and the ability of the courts of the land to do justice in such a way that it will be deemed to have been done without necessarily been swayed by emotions or influenced by sympathies.”

Kosoko further said, “The views expressed by one of us, Olofa Ina, is in no way representative of the opinion or position of the Association, as he spoke in his personal capacity and not on behalf of TAMPAN. We, however, understand that tempers are bound to rise under certain circumstances, especially with the way he alleged Iyabo Ojo spoke to him on the phone.

However, the association has issued a stern warning to actresses, Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing, over their derogatory statements against the guild especially on issues relating to the sexual assault case levelled against the embattled actor.

Credit: Punch

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