Says actors should refrain from defending their colleague.
The highly revered international a cultural icon, The Erelu Oodua of Aye Kingdom, Founder of Erelu Oodua Mabel Tinuade Initiative Against Gender Inequality & Sexual Abuse, Erelu Oodua Tinuade Mabel Onaneye has called for proper punishment for culprit if found guilty while also warning actors to refrain from defending their erring colleague.
She made the declaration on Monday, 3rd of May 2021 from her base in Texas, United States through a press release she signed and made available to the general public in relation to the ongoing rape scandal between a well-known Yoruba actor, Mr Olanrewaju Omiyinka popularly known as Baba Ijesha and a 14-year-old minor who was said to be living with another actress cum comedian, Damilola Adekoya popularly known as Princess as at the time of the incidence.
Erelu Tinuade became upset upon reading the prelimunary findings of the Lagos State Police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, that revealed the suspect allegedly began sexually assaulting the victim since she was 7 years old coupled with the viral video where the actor was assaulting the minor.
'Proper punishment should be meted out to the actor in order to send a strong warning to other child molesters and rapists out there who haven't been caught yet. I can imagine the pain and emotional trauma the little girl would be going through right now.' Erelu lamented.
She equally issued a stern warning to the likes of Foluke Daramola an actress and self-confessed rape survivor, who endorsed a statement by another actor Yomi Fabiyi (in defense of Baba Ijesha) to desist from taking side and showing support for fellow actors who committed offenses of that magnitude.
In conclusion, Erelu Tinuade enjoins the general public and Nollywood folks not to play politics with the case of the little girl. She says people's insensitivity would hurt her more than the actual act