Lagos CP blames non-release of Baba Ijesa on judiciary workers’ strike

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, has blamed the continued detention of Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, aka Baba Ijesha on the ongoing judiciary workers’ strike.

Reacting to a recent demonstration of some Nigerians led by a fellow Nollywood actor, Mr. Yomi Fabiyi during the week, Odumosu also hinged the continuous detention on a legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions in the state Ministry of Justice.

According to him, the legal advice holds that a prima facie case had been established against Omiyinka, adding that the thespian’s continued detention was based on the DPP’s advice.

“When they got the SCIID today (Wednesday), they were advised by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the SCIID, and he told them that we have done our work and sought legal advice from the Ministry of Justice and the advice was that we should still keep him in our custody.

“When we concluded our investigation, we forwarded our report to the ministry for legal advice. The ministry advised us through the Office of the Public Defender.

‘The legal advice was that there was a prima facie case established against him and some sections of the law were quoted in the advice. So, the advice was that he should still remain in our custody and to be charged for that.

Odumosu said the ministry might review its position concerning Omiyinka’s detention if the JUSUN strike continues indefinitely, adding that a new arrangement had been made in the state for courts to sit three times a week.

The CP said, “Regarding the JUSUN strike, they agreed to be working for three days and striking for two days. They will go on strike on Monday and Tuesday, while the courts will sit on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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