The leadership of the Theater Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) have waded into the legal matter involving Olarenwaju Oyiminka aka Baba Ijesha.

The Board of Trustees (BoT) and Elders of the Nigerian Motion Picture Industry addressed the media on Saturday over the issue.

 

Baba Ijesha faces six-count charges bordering on the indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, sexual assault by penetration, among others.

 

But Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja on Thursday granted him N2 million bail.

 

In their positions, Adebayo Salami and Jide Kosoko, TAMPAN BoT Chairman and Secretary condemned the “malicious damages” by “unruly individuals that lack any iota of discipline and seem to feel to be above the law”.

 

“We particularly observe the continuous derogatory statements made by Iyabo Ojo against the association and the industry as a whole.”

 

Nothing that they were against all forms of sexual assault, the communique accused Iyabo Ojo’s of “reckless accusations, abuses and embarrassment of our sector”.

 

“If we allow the continuous blackmail to go unchecked, the current situation will continue to grow to the detriment of humble practitioners, whose only source of livelihood is the practice of Indigenous language movies.

 

“Unfortunately, Nkechi Blessing has also joined in the Ignoble tirades against the Association and by extension, the industry and we say enough is enough!

 

“Without the platform God gave you and many others of your likes through us to climb up the ladder and express your creativity, you may not be this visible today.”

 

The communique noted that an offence against one is an offence against all, adding that the association will no longer tolerate “infringements”.

 

The TAMPAN BoT declared they do not support acts of criminal behaviour in whatever guise.

 

“We have stayed away from making comments on the Lanre Omiyinka (Baba Ijesha) saga because we believe in the rule of law and the ability of the courts to do justice without being swayed by emotions or influenced by sympathies.”

 

On the views of Deji Aderemi, popularly known as Olofa Ina, the elders said his comments were personal.

 

“The association does not condone immorality. If two consenting adults decide to have things in common, it does not mean that it is the standard practice.

 

“The utterances from the likes of Iyabo Ojo, Nkechi Blessing and others are regarded as unfortunate words spoken by people who should know better as they have benefitted immensely from the association and industry.”

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      Arise, o compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey to serve our fatherland with love and strength and faith the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain to serve with heart and might one nation bound in freedom peace and unity. O God of creation direct our noble cause guide thou our leaders right

  1. Arise, o compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey to serve our fatherland with love and strength and faith the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain to serve with heart and might one nation bound in freedom peace and unity. O God of creation direct our noble cause guide thou our leaders right

  2. Nigerian, Uruemu Adejinmi has emerged as the first migrant, first African and the first black female to be elected as Mayor in the Republic of Ireland.

    With Ms Adejimi’s new election as Cathaoirleach of the Longford Municipal District, she also becomes the first female African mayor in the country, Irish Times reports.

    Reacting to her victory, Ms Adejinmi who is the current councillor of Fianna Fail, stated in a statement that she was “deeply honoured” to assume the new position.”

    “This is a historic day for Longford and I am delighted to share this moment with my family and friends.

    “I look forward to working with my council colleagues, council exec and all stakeholders to continue the growth and development of our municipal area and county,” she added.

    After migrating from Nigeria to Longford in 2003, Ms Adejinmi in 2016 joined Fianna Fail before assuming the post of local councillor in 2020.

    She attributes her involvement in politics to her neighbour who asked her to join Fianna Fail saying, “If it wasn’t for my neighbour asking me to join his party, I wouldn’t have considered politics.”

    Speaking to the Irish Times on the challenges faced by migrants who try to get involved in politics, Ms Adejinmi admonished political parties to “engage more actively” with migrants, noting that, “there is no shortage of talent in the migrant community but there is a shortage of community leaders from migrant backgrounds.”

    The Masters of Business Administration holder from Athlone Institute of Technology identified jobs and housing as her key priorities.

    “I am hoping to lobby for an influx of industry. Hopefully businesses will take a look at starting in Longford and that would help a lot of people who are leaving or commuting because of the lack of jobs,” she said.

  3. In their positions, Adebayo Salami and Jide Kosoko, TAMPAN BoT Chairman and Secretary condemned the “malicious damages” by “unruly individuals that lack any iota of discipline and seem to feel to be above the law

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