Theatre doyen, Deji Aderemi, ak Olofaina, has dismissed claims that his colleague, Baba Ijesha, defiled the foster daughter of comedienne, Princess.
Olofaina, who wept in the Lagos court premises during Thursday’s arraignment of Baba Ijesha, said he was saddened that he was mocked when he approached Iyabo Ojo and Princess to withdraw the case against their colleague.
He said: “I begged Iyabo Ojo to let us settle the matter within our group, but she abused me and hung phone on me. When I told her that I’m talking to you as a father, she said that it is not how far but how well.”
Speaking at the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Lagos, Olofaina claimed there was a gang up against Baba Ijesha to send him to prison and that it will never be well with the those he said are behind the plot.
”I came to court because they said somebody slept with someone. This is a normal thing in our industry. Even you reporters, would you say you do not sleep with each other? It is something that happens everyday in the industry. If this person has done something wrong, they should reprimand him rather than laying false accusations on him.
“There is no successful female actor that would say that she has not been slept with in the industry before.
“They now planned for him. This issue hurts so many people. I know it will never be well with them. They turned another person’s child into a prisoner. Because of what? They laid a false allegation against him.
“I came to the proceedings today to come and learn from it to learn life lessons. These are the same people that he has eaten with before. How come they are now laying such an allegation on him.
” Since I started acting, I have never heard of such a thing before. It isn’t like this thing doesn’t happen, but I am surprised it is going to court.”
He said he called Iyabo Ojo to drop the case against the actor but she dropped the call on him.
”I called Iyabo Ojo and I told her that she is a child among us. I told her that as her father I want her to forget the case. Iyabo asked me if I would like such a thing to happen to my daughter? I told her that I was talking to her as her father. She hung the phone on me. Princess hasn’t been vocal. It is Iyabo we have been seeing doing different recordings.
“How much did they collect from Iyabo that she reached this height in her career? Have they not slept with her also? We know everything. It is not a new thing in our circle.”
Aderemi, who said his expectation from today’s proceedings is for Baba Ijesha to be released, opined that the matter involving Baba Ijesha isn’t rape going by the video Princess released where the actor was lured to her house and he also tried to defile the minor.
He said when himself and other elders in the industry heard about the allegation, it didn’t come to them as a surprise because people in the industry sleep a lot with one another.
“In mosques they sleep with themselves; in churches they sleep with themselves. They planned for him. God will plan for them as well,” he said.