Medical expert insists Baba Ijesa inflicted laceration on minor’s vagina

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An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Thursday was told the 14-year old teenager allegedly defiled by Nollywood actor, James Olanrewaju (a.k.a Baba Ijesha), had healed blunt laceration in her private part.

The Clinical Director, Women At Risk International Foundation (WARIF) Dr Aniekan Makanjuola stated this while under cross-examination by the defence team led by Dada Awosika (SAN).

Dr Makanjuola further said an examination of the survivor showed that she was not sexually active.

The medical practitioner was giving evidence before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo in the defilement charge brought against Baba Ijesha by the Lagos State Government.

Dr Makanjuola, a forensic medical examination expert said: “it was a minor laceration that may not necessarily mean blood was gushing out when it happened. There was a rupture on that part of the vagina but it has healed.”

She clarified that the report she gave was not based on the story told by the survivor nor on the account by her mother, but on the forensic examination carried out on her.

Earlier, while being led in evidence by the prosecution, Y.A. Sule, the witness told the court that when the survivor was examined by her team, they observed whitish discharge in her vagina.

“Based on our findings, we sent our client to the laboratory to conduct further tests on HIV 1 and II, Hepatitis B and C. They were all negative. We thereafter placed her on prophylactic antibiotics.

“She was sent for psychological assessment and we reported our findings and examinations. I authenticated the report as head of clinical services and sent it to State CID, Panti.”

She said the examination of the victim was conducted by medical personnel and a psychologist.

Justice Taiwo adjourned further hearings till 5 and 12 November.

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