October 21, (THEWILL) – A medical doctor, Aniekan Makanjuola, on Thursday opened up before an Ikeja Special Offences Court how a minor (name withheld) was allegedly defiled by Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, aka Baba Ijesha.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria Makanjuola disclosed this while being led in evidence by the state prosecutor, Mr Yusuf Sule, in the trial of the embattled actor over allegations of defilement.
“Our findings were that there was a blunt penetration of the vagina which was consistent with the client’s history,” she said.
Makanjuola, a trained forensic medical examiner, is Head of Clinical Services at Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF). She was testifying as the fourth prosecution witness.
She said: “We took her to the consulting room and she gave a history of the events from seven-years ago. She did not mention these incidents to her mother but it began to affect her mood and academic performance.
“She disclosed what happened to her mother’s friend on April 16 who in turn informed her mother. We decided to do an examination.
“There was a normal external genitalia, we observed a healed laceration on the labia minora at the 3’0Clock position; we also observed a notch at the 6’0 clock position.
“Based on these findings, my lord, the client was sent to the laboratory for more tests, they were HIV 1 and 2, Hepatitis A, B, Syphilis and pregnancy and they all came out negative.
“She was sent for psychological assessment and a report was made, authenticated and sent to the SCID.”
Following these revelations, the prosecution tendered the referral letter and medical report as evidence to the court and they were admitted as evidence and marked as Exhibit J and J1.
While under cross-examination by defence counsel, Dada Awosika (SAN), Makanjuola disclosed that WARIF is a sexual assault referral centre.
According to her, she conducted the medical examination based on the client’s history.
She added: “The healed lacerations connotes that the lacerations found in the genitalia were not something that was recent my lord.”
THEWILL recalls that Baba Ijesha 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, Damilola Adekoya, alias Princess, the foster mother of the minor, was present in court to observe the proceedings.