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Baba Ijesha: How Princess was able to recall defilement – Child expert tells court

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A prosecution witness, Mrs Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode on Wednesday said that a minor was capable of recalling events that occurred when she was aged seven years.

Ajayi-Kayode, a legal practitioner and Executive Director of the Cece Yara Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation, is the third prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of Olanrewaju James, a Nollywood actor.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the prosecution witness made the assertion while being cross-examined in the trial of James alias Baba Ijesha, who is facing trial for child defilement.

Ajayi-Kayode, who was being cross examined by defence counsel, Mr Babatunde Ogala, told the Ikeja Special Offences Court, that the child’s brain cells were developed enough to totally recall events accurately.

“The brain cells are well developed enough to totally recall events accurately ascending from teenage years to adulthood.

“At seven-years the child has enough speech for a narrative recall of events that transpired,” she said.

Ajayi-Kayode said that when she conducted a forensic interview on the minor, she gave a “free narrative recall” of events that transpired seven-years ago.

The witness said that during the interview, she asked the minor “neutral, open-ended” questions to determine whether or not she was being coached or lying.

The witness said that she would not claim that the minor was neglected because from her experience, 90 per cent of people who abuse minors are well known to the children.

Also, Mr Dada Awosika (SAN), a member of the defence team, requested to know from which institution Ajayi-Kayode obtained her qualification in child forensic psychology.

The prosecution witness said that though her academic background was in law and social welfare, she was certified in child forensic interviews by undergoing a series of trainings.

Recall that the embattled actor is facing a six-count charge bordering on indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration.

Actress and comedienne Ms Damilola Adekoya alias Princess, the foster mother of the minor and Nollywood actress, Ms Iyabo Ojo, were present in court during the proceedings.

The prosecution led by Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has so far presented three witnesses in the ongoing trial.

The witnesses are – Princess, the foster mother of the minor, the minor and Ajayi-Kayode, a child expert.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo adjourned the case until Oct. 21 for continuation of trial.

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Baba Suwe buried in Lagos

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Late veteran Nigerian comic actor, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, has been laid to rest

Baba Suwe who died on Monday after a long battle with an illness was buried in his home in Ikorodu, Lagos.

Born on August 22, 1958, he was married to comedienne Omoladun Omidina, who died in September 2009.

Baba Suwe dominated the Yoruba movie industry for decades, featured in several movies and bagged many awards.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State had expressed sadness over the demise of Baba Suwe, whom he said, “lived a fulfilled life”.

The Governor consoled Nollywood for losing “one of its outstanding practitioners in the industry”, adding that Baba Suwe was a bundle of talents, who used his God-given gift to advance the course of mankind.

 

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Posting account details is evil – Eucharia Anunobi

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Veteran Nollywood actress, Eucharia Anunobi has criticised those posting account details on social media to solicit funds from fans and friends.

Recall that Davido started the trend few days ago as he posted his account details challenging his friends to send him money.

Some celebrities like Kunle Remi, Mercy Eke, Pere Egbi followed the trend and started posting their account details on social media demanding money.

Eucharia, who seemed unpleased with the trend said those putting up account details are shameless and evil.

In a post on her Instagram page, the 56-year-old actress wrote: “The love of money is said to be evil not money rather what is evil is doing anything shamelessly and negatively to get money

“You are following a trend soliciting for money when that money is not to help the helpless, how gross!

“Putting up your account numbers to get money when you’re not doing anything to help humanity is evil.”

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Davido gives N200m donated by friends to orphanages, adds N50m

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Famous Nigerian singer, Davido has announced his decision on the use of the N200m contributed by his friends and fans.

Recall that the 30BG singer took to his Instagram page few days ago asking his friends and colleagues to send N1m each to him.

At first, Davido mentioned he needed N100m to clear his Rolls-Royce at the port.

However, he surpassed the amount as he received 200m in the last 48hours.

The singer, giving update on his Instagram page, announced that the N200m received will be donated to orphanages across the country.

He also donated a personal sum of N50m to the total amount.

Part of the post read: “I wish to express my sincere gratitude to friends, fans, colleagues and the general public for the generous expressions of love in recent days.

“In my usual playful manner, I requested few days ago that my friends and colleagues send money in celebration of my birthday. The response exceeded my expectations as I received N200m in less than two days. I truly appreciate everyone.

“In view of this, I’m delighted to announce that all funds received totaling N200m will be donated to orphanages across Nigeria as well as Paroche foundation.

“In addition, I will be making a donation of N50m, bringing total to N250m.”

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