Yomi Fabiyi to be prosecuted for contempt of court over “Oko Iyabo” movie – DPP
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The Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) has said it will prosecute a controversial Yoruba actor, Yomi Fabiyi, for contempt of court over the production of ‘Oko Iyabo.’
According to the movie producer Omiyinka Olanrewaju aka Baba Ijesha, who is being tried for allegedly raping a minor, was portrayed as being innocent of the charges against him.
The movie has drawn a backlash from viewers and celebrities while many people have reported it on YouTube.
The DPP director and prosecution counsel, Olayinka Adeyemi, said Mr Fabiyi made a movie from the facts of Baba Ijesha’s ongoing alleged rape case using the real names of the defendants and the survivor of the case.
Ms Adeyemi also pleaded with the court to exclude him (Fabiyi) from the court proceeding. Fabiyi was not present at the court on Monday.
“Despite the warnings of this honorable court, an actor called Yomi Fabiyi went ahead and made a movie about the facts of this case,” she said.
“He used the 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,” the DPP prosecution counsel said.
Meanwhile, one of Baba Ijesha’s defense counsel, Dada Awosika argued that he has seen the movie and it has no relation to the judicial proceedings.
He added that “The movie is about the controversy between two artists – Yomi Fabiyi and Iyabo Ojo” and they are not involved in the case. The judge, Oluwatoyin Taiwo, responded and said the matter will be investigated.
“This case is sub judice and you are not to be making videos and disparaging comments on social media.
This needs to be investigated, let’s see whether it is true, she said.”
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