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LAGOS STATE GOVT. TO PROSECUTE YOMI FABIYI OVER CONTROVERSIAL FILM

The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecuting, Olayinka Adeyemi, is set to prosecute Nollywood actor Yomi Fabiyi for the production of his Controversial film titled  “Oko Iyabo“.

The Director told the Ikeja Special Offense Court that the actor breached the court’s directives with the movie, which depicted facts of Omiyinka Olanrewaju aka Baba Ijesha‘s ongoing sexual assault case. He also said the actor used real names of the parties and witnesses of the matter in the movie.

Yomi Fabiyi

The movie, which has been pulled down from YouTube, is centered on a lead character named Iyabo, which portrays the events from the viral CCTV footage of Baba Ijesha and his victim.

Fabiyi depicted the embattled actor as innocent and in a consensual relationship with the minor. Baba Ijesha is facing a six-count charge bordering on the indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, and attempted sexual assault by penetration.

Mr. Adeyemi said despite warnings during proceedings of June 24, the matter was under judicial consideration and therefore prohibited from public discussion elsewhere.

Reacting to the development, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, expressed displeasure about the development and ordered an investigation.

Responding to the allegation, the lead defense counsel Mr. Dada Awosike SAN, said 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 by authorities to enable legal action to be taken against him if he is found culpable.

The Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Practitioners’ Association of Nigeria, TAMPAN, Committee on Ethics, Conflict, and Resolution summoned Yomi Fabiyi to appear before it on Thursday 11th July 2021. Thereafter, the Yoruba Actor, Yomi Fabiyi, was indefinitely suspended by, TAMPAN. Also suspended was Dele Matti, who co-directed ‘Oko Iyabo’.

Nigerians and Yollywood watchers on social media have begun to drag the controversial actor over the release of the film. Some others have called for people to report the movie to YouTube in order for it to be pulled down. Apart from being known as a Yoruba filmmaker, Yomi Fabiyi is also a Human Rights Ambassador of the US Embassy. He was decorated as Human Rights Ambassador at the US Embassy Lagos, Nigeria, by US Consul-General to Nigeria on 24 April 2018.

Story: Hilda Katu

Pictures: Baba Ijesha/Instagram

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