Lagos govt tackles Yomi Fabiyi over ‘Oko Iyabo’

Iyabo Ojo and Yomi Fabiyi

Popular actor, Yomi Fabiyi, seems to have another battle to fight over the production of ‘Oko Iyabo’, a movie said to be centred on the defilement case of co-actor, Baba Ijesha.

The production that caused an upheaval among stakeholders that include actress Iyabo Ojo, Fabiyi and the Theatre and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria.

Now, the Lagos State Government has vowed to prosecute the producer, saying his action ran against the spirit of the legal battle.

The state Directorate of Public Prosecution said it would prosecute him foralleged contempt.

The Director of Public Prosecution, Olayinka Adeyemi, on Monday, told an Ikeja Special Offences Court that Fabiyi produced a movie entitled “Oko Iyabo,” based on the court proceedings of June 24, 2021.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, alias ‘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 at the court.

Adeyemi told the court on Monday that despite warnings during proceedings of June 24 that the matter was sub judice and, therefore, prohibited from public discussion elsewhere, Fabiyi went ahead and made a movie about the facts of the case.

The DPP noted that the movie, which was aired after the proceedings of June 24, breached the Judge’s directives by revealing sensitive information about the case which is before the court.

The DPP said, “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 and bring him before this court.

Reacting, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo expressed displeasure 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,” the judge said.

Responding to the allegations, the lead defence counsel, Mr Dada Awosika (SAN), said that though he was aware of the movie, it was filmed 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,” he said.

He added, “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,” Awosika said.

Justice Taiwo reiterated the fact that the allegations against Fabiyi should be investigated by authorities to enable legal actions to be taken against him if he is found culpable.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that Iyabo Ojo was in court during the proceedings, alongside the foster mother of the complainant, Damilola Adekoya alias Princess.