The Lagos State government has closed its case against Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, who is facing trial over allegations of defilement.

Mrs Olayinka Adeyemi, Director, Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), made this known on Wednesday after the cross-examination of the sixth prosecution witness by the defence.

“The prosecution has closed its case against the defendant,” the DPP said.

Following the DPP’s statement, the defence counsel, Mr Kayode Olabiran, announced to the court that the defendant intended to file a no-case submission.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo said “We will take the no-case submission in the New Year; the court is rounding up.”

Earlier, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo said Baba Ijesha’s confessional statement to the police was admissible in evidence.

She ruled that there was no evidence before the court, which proved that the embattled Nollywood actor was tortured into making the statement to the police.

“Sitting on the floor does not vitiate the confessional statement. The statement is found to be relevant and admissible,” the judge said.

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