The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution says it will prosecute a Nollywood actor, Yomi Fabiyi for contempt of court over airing a movie about the facts of a case under judicial consideration.
The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, Olayinka Adeyemi told an Ikeja Special Offences Court that Fabiyi produced a movie entitled “Oko Iyabo” based on the court proceedings of June 24, 2021 in respect of Baba Ijesa’s child molestation case.
Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, alias ‘Baba Ijesha’ is facing a six-count charge bordering on the indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by penetration at the court.
Adeyemi told the court that despite warnings during proceedings of June 24 that the matter was sub judice and therefore prohibited from public discussion elsewhere, Fabiyi went ahead and made a movie about the facts of the case.
The DPP noted that the movie which was aired after the proceedings of June 24, breached the Judge’s directives by revealing sensitive information about the case which is before the court.
Reacting, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo expressed displeasure about the development and ordered an investigation.
Responding to the allegations, the lead defence counsel, Mr Dada Awosika (SAN), said that though he was aware of the movie, it was filmed before the criminal case began in court.
Justice Taiwo reiterated the fact that the allegations against Fabiyi should be investigated and legal action taken against him if he is found culpable.