The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) says it will charge Yomi Fabiyi, for contempt of court over his new film, ‘Oko Iyabo’, on Baba Ijesha saga.
Baba Ijesha is facing a six-count charge bordering on the indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by penetration in court.
The Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners’ Association (TAMPAN) had earlier suspended the Yomi but he ignored the guild.
According to NAN, Olayinka Adeyemi, press director of the Lagos DPP, has said that Fabiyi’s controversial film on the case results to contempt of court, and that the facts of the case are under judicial consideration.
“Despite the warnings of this honourable court, an actor called Yomi Fabiyi went ahead and made a movie about the facts of this case. He used real names of the parties and witnesses in this matter in the movie,”
“Our application is to exclude him, his privies, and his agents from proceedings in court. He is not in court at the moment but his representatives may be in court. This is contempt of court and we intend to prosecute him.”
Dada Awosika (SAN), who is the lead defense counsel, emphasized that the movie was produced before the criminal case began in court.
“The movie is about the controversy between two artistes, Yomi Fabiyi and Iyabo Ojo.”
“I saw the movie on YouTube. The two of them are supporters on different sides. Fabiyi is one supporter and Ojo is another supporter. This movie is about the controversy between both of them and they are not parties to this case.”
Oluwatoyin Taiwo, the judge, expressed unhappiness about the development and ordered an investigation.
“This case is sub judice and you are not to be making videos and disparaging comments on social media. This needs to be investigated.”