The Theater Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) has weighed in on Olarenwaju Oyiminka aka Baba Ijesha’s legal situation.
On Saturday, the Nigerian Motion Picture Industry’s Board of Trustees (BoT) and Elders addressed the media about the situation.
Baba Ijesha is charged with six counts, including indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, and sexual assault by penetration.
However, he was granted N2 million bail by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja on Thursday. (READ IT HERE).
TAMPAN Chairman and Secretary Adebayo Salami and Jide Kosoko, respectively, criticized the “malicious damages” caused by “unruly persons who lack any shred of discipline and appear to feel above the law.”
“We are especially worried about Iyabo Ojo’s persistent negative statements about the association and the industry in general.”
Despite the fact that they were opposed to all forms of sexual assault, Iyabo Ojo was accused of “reckless allegations, abuses, and shame of our sector” in the communique.
“If we allow the ongoing blackmail to continue unabated, the existing situation will worsen, to the detriment of humble practitioners whose main source of income is the production of Indigenous language films.
“Regrettably, Nkechi Blessing has joined the nonsensical tirades against the Association and, as a result, the business, and we say enough is enough!”
“You and others would not be as prominent now if God hadn’t given you and many others a platform to advance up the career ladder and express your talents via us.”
An offense against one is an offense against all, according to the communique, and the association will no longer accept “infringements.”
The TAMPAN BoT stated that they do not encourage criminal behavior in any form.
“We have refrained from commenting on the Lanre Omiyinka (Baba Ijesha) issue because we trust in the rule of law and the courts’ ability to deliver justice without being affected by emotions or sympathies.”
The elders said Deji Aderemi, also known as Olofa Ina, expressed his opinions on a personal level.
“Immorality is not tolerated by the association. It is not the conventional practice to have items in common if two consenting adults wish to do so.
“The comments made by individuals like Iyabo Ojo, Nkechi Blessing, and others are seen as awful statements expressed by those who should know better because they have reaped enormous benefits from the association and industry.”