“I Enrolled Him Into UNILAG” Princess Narrates How She
Helped Baba Ijesha
Seven days after police arrested popular actor, Olanrewaju
James aka Baba Ijesha for allegedly defiling a minor seven
years ago, his colleague, Damilola Adekoya aka Princess,
has opened up on what led to the arrest.
In an emotional-laden video on Instagram, Princess
narrated how Baba Ijesha, whom he allowed into her home
for help, turned around to defile one of the children she
housed as a guardian.
Princess, in the 16- minute video, couldn’t help fight back
the tears as she narrated how Baba Ijesha defiled the young
lady and how he was eventually caught on camera through
a hatched plan.
“I’ve heard and read what had been written and said in the
past few days. I don’t even wish anybody should go through
what I am going through.
“Some years ago, I had challenges with my marriage and I
lost my baby so some parents in my area, out of
compassion, allowed their children to love me so that I
don’t feel lonely. They were six children – three boys and
“Now, Baba Ijesha had challenges and he asked me for
help, so I tried my best. I registered him in a lesson, sat him
for GCE and we even tried to get him into UNILAG.
“So, he came that day and said he needed more help, so I
allowed the children the three boys who wanted to go and
play, and the youngest girl that followed them. My aunt was
also around and Baba Ijesha was also around.
“So, when my aunt was leaving, I had to go downstairs to
see her off and lock the gate and I didn’t know what
happened in the spate of three to four minutes.
“The following week, the school called me to come and see
my child. They said the girl sat on the brother’s leg and she
started walking somehow. The also called the attention of
the biological parents, who were staunch-born again
Christians. They said the problem is probably spiritual, so
they started praying.
The second defilement
“Meanwhile, I didn’t know he had warned her not to tell
anybody and to make sure she didn’t tell anybody, he came
back the next day to be sure if she had told anyone or not.
“He came in and said he bought some fruits and the girl
should follow him to the car to get the fruits. When she got
to the car, he used his key to defile her again after the first
“After then he didn’t come to my house again, but every
time he needed assistance, he would call me to render help,
so when people started saying he has been defiling her for
seven years, I felt sad and bad.
“Fine, he defiled her, assaulted her and we just found but he
never came to our house again, he was dodging me, so
when he needed my assistance again, he called and I told
him I wasn’t feeling fine because of my wedding which
ended and it was wrong for me to be the one coming to
him when he was the one that needed my assistance. He
apologised and said he called because he was shooting and
I said it’s okay and decided to go see him. I noticed he was
avoiding me but I didn’t know why.”
The psychological effect on the victim
“Then the child started failing in school. I would pay for a
private lesson and all. I even discussed with my family and
the girl’s biological parents but they all said we should keep
praying and I should keep the kids with me because I was
also seeking a child of my own. I expressed to them that
something is wrong with the child but everyone told me to
have faith and fast and we all kept fasting.
“This continued but after two years, nothing changed but
they all said I was nagging too much on the girl. All the
children are grown now and they are all in boarding houses,
so a friend of mine advised me to adopt a baby I can call
“So in January 2020, I decided to adopt a baby but I was
still worried about the girl’s condition and I wanted to get
to the root of the problem. The children were home during
2020 because coronavirus kept us all at home and I wasn’t
able to adopt a child.”
The plan to nab Baba Ijesha
“So, last month, I decided to adopt a baby because the
children will be returning to school. I never imagined this
was happening right under my nose because, for several
years, I have been helping abused children and women with
“My friend and I called the girl one day after she saw a film
that had myself and Baba Ijesha in it and just couldn’t be
herself again. For several years after she had been molested
and defiled, she never saw Baba Ijesha again and after
much pleas, she told us what happened and I was so
“Immediately, I reached out to Baba Ijesha via Instagram
DM because I tried calling him and his number wasn’t
connecting. I told him I wanted to shoot a film and needed
him for a role and he agreed to come and over.
“My mum and I had planned to sit him down and ask him
the truth about the matter but my sister and friend had
advised me to ensure I get evidence because he might deny
it and people will support him.”
“On the day he was coming, I called in the CCTV company
and they installed the CCTV. We asked everyone to go out
and stay in the neighbour’s house and the girl became jittery
and afraid because since the incident she hasn’t seen him
again. Baba Ijesha later got in while those that came to
install the CCTV were leaving and when he queried about
them, I told him they were DSTV representatives and that I
was going with them but will come back much later., so I
dropped my phone and went out.
“Shortly after we stepped out, we started monitoring Baba
Ijesha’s moves on a mobile phone. We noticed that he
checked all the rooms to be sure he was all alone with the
girl. He even checked for cameras, then he started.
“I can’t begin to relate the things he did because we were
monitoring him on the phone but when she stood up to go
into the kitchen and we knew there were no cameras there,
we came in and called the police immediately. They picked
him up and I asked him why and what led him to do what
he did. He started talking gibberish.
“It’s sad to know that some people were asking for the
video evidence and I wonder why and what for? The police
have begun their investigation and Baba Ijesha confessed
four times. Why would I want to set him up? Someone I was
helping for years, what will I gain?