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CCTV recording of Baba Ijesha’s alleged act probably compromised -Expert

An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court, Lagos yesterday heard that the content of a Close Circuit Television (CCTV) recording on James Olarewaju a.k.a Baba Ijesha may have been compromised. An Expert in CCTV installation and maintenance, Engr Adeleke Lawrence made this statement while being led in evidence by the defence counsel, Babatunde Ogala (SAN). Baba Ijesha is currently facing a six count charge bordering on indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo.

However, during yesterday’s proceedings, four video recordings of Baba Ijesha were played at the instance of the defence counsel. One of the recordings showed Baba Ijesha and the 14-year old in the home of her foster mother, comedienne, Damilola Adekoya alias Princess in April 2021 before his arrest. Both of them were seated on a couch for a while, then they both walked out. When they returned, Baba Ijesha offered her a cup to drink from, kissed her hand and drew her close to him. They were speaking bu their voices were inaudible. Another video showed the defendant sitting on the floor and begging the complainant, Adekola Adekanoye a.k.a Princess. Asked of his opinion on what he saw, the defence witness said: “the gentleman and the lady appeared to be acting the way they were asked to do.”

“To transfer recordings from a CCTV there must be a hard drive and a computer. “To transfer from hard drive, it must pass through a computer. In the process of passing through a computer, an error might occur. Along the line, it might lead to editing. “The one I watched passed through a process of editing. It did not pass through a hard drive. May be along the line, it was tampered with. “I am very sure that what we watched may have been tampered with based on the way it was fast forwarded,” he said. Engr. Adeleke explained that voices heard on the recording after it was forwarded were not from the ‘actors’ in the film, but voice-over from those handling the recording. When asked to explain the word ‘ins’ seen at end of a shot, he described it as “In shot; an application used in editing video.

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