Following the arrest of popular Yoruba actor Olarenwaju James, fondly called Baba Ijesha who had sexually assaulted a 14 -years-old girl for 7 years, the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria, (TAMPPAN) has expressed disappointment.
According to reports, TAMPPAN, revealed this in a statement made available to Sunday Scoop on Saturday and signed by its Director of Research and Documentation, Yemi Amodu.
The statement read that,, “We find it obligatory to condemn in totality the odious occurrence of paedophilia confessed to by Mr Olanrewaju James, aka Baba Ijesha, as confirmed by the police. Our association, TAMPPAN, is crestfallen about this act and will reproach and remonstrate the committer of such sexual harassment to prepubescent children”.
The statement added that, “Considering the sensitivity of the case, which is still under investigation, TAMPPAN will never support all acts against what we preach and represent. As an association, we understand the mores and the social norms of our people and our behaviour will always be homiletic. Therefore, we would not fail to support the government in its bid to do justice towards ensuring that such ignoble acts are checked within our society”.
Sympathising with the family of the victim, the statement made it known that, “We sympathise with the parents of the victim and also seize this opportunity to charge all parents to give their children or wards freedom to express themselves for the timely arrest of such horrible acts whenever such are committed”.