Nollywood actor, director, and producer Yomi Fabiyi has taken to Twitter to express his thoughts about the recent controversies trailing his Yoruba Nollywood colleague, Olanrewaju Omiyinka James more popularly known as Baba Ijesha, who was arrested for allegedly raping a fourteen-year-old girl over the duration of the last 7-years.
In a lengthy post shared on his Instagram page, the actor said the association is investigating the matter to get the true picture of the event and act accordingly.
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Yomi Fabiyi said many Nollywood stars are also careful about commenting on the issue, especially as the police statement mentioned CCTV footage which yet to be made public.
According to Yomi Fabiyi, who referred to how Baba Suwe was hurriedly condemned for having drugs in his possession and later vindicated, it will be malicious for any Nollywood star to conclude the case.
Yomi Fabiyi wrote:
For those asking for my reaction and thinking I am silent because it involves one of us. That is untrue.
First and foremost, we belong to an association and they are investigating the matter in order to get the true picture of event and then act accordingly.
We are careful as individuals not to also comment because from the police statement, a CCTV footage was mentioned, the content not yet made public or seen by the representatives of our association or any close colleague to the best of my knowledge, the suspect has not been heard from directly or his representatives etc.
Lest we forget, many hurriedly condemned Baba Suwe on the drug issue due to the style of reportage, it was alleged he excreted 16 wraps when NDLEA has no single pint of evidence from the day one of arrest or picture. We all know what happened after.
For many to cover up for their gaffes, some consoled themselves with narratives that he used jazz, some said he used connection etc. All these cannot help a society like ours. I hate to see innocent masses fight behind half-baked information or charades. The foundation of such society suffers, it raises horrible, uncivilised children and youths.
Except a clear cut open evidence, confession or trial with guilty verdict, it will be malicious and pre-mature for any or as colleagues to draw conclusions. Being famous come with a lot of responsibilities. Please understand and be patient.
Finally, child abuse, rape and sexual harassment are serious case and no artist or sane human being irrespective will condone or support such. However, it is better for majority in a society to be careful than sorry. I still have trust in the quality and honesty of our Detectives and Police Officers and will prosecute whoever is found on the other side of the law. My prayers and thoughts are with all concerned in this case. Yomi Fabiyi