Entertainers hold a special place in many people’s hearts because of the joy they bring to our lives. Their fame does not, however, protect them from running afoul of the law. On Saturday Beats, we examine some celebrities who have received criminal convictions.
On July 14, 2022, actor Olarenwaju Omiyinka, alias Baba Ijesha, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a minor, Damilola Adekoya, the adoptive daughter of comedian and actress Princess, and was given a 16-year prison sentence.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offenses Court in Ikeja, Lagos, delivered the ruling.
The verdict will be appealed, according to Bisi Oridate, one of Baba Ijesha’s attorneys, who said as much in a Saturday Beats interview.
Ibinabo Fiberesima, an actress and former beauty queen, was given a five-year prison term by a Federal High Court in Lagos for the reckless driving that resulted in the death of Giwa Suraj, a doctor.
However, she was given bail by the Lagos-based Court of Appeal in the amount of N2 million and two sureties. This was done while waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on her appeal.
Rapper Babalola Falemi, also known as Sauce Kid (Sinzu), was detained in 2017 and found guilty of aggravated identity theft. He was given a two-year prison sentence in the United States of America.
According to reports, Sinzu took over 15 bank cards, encoded the bank information onto blank cards, altered the PINs, and used automated teller machines to withdraw cash. Additionally, he is accused of stealing $15,388 from unwitting victims.
He admitted to committing the felony, which was defined as “the unlawful taking of property of another person or business, ranging from $1,000 to $500,000” in the US penal code.
He subsequently completed his his term in a federal facility and is now free once more.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency detained actor Uche Odoputa in 2007, and he was sentenced to two years, two weeks in prison after being found guilty of drug trafficking.
After being let out of prison, he explained that his inability to pay his bills led to the crime.
In an interview with The Punch, he had said, “I regret my actions. I was a growing brand and a lot of people were angered by my actions. I was disappointed in myself. I thank God I came out of prison as a changed person.”
Akinwade Taiwo (Wunmi)
After being convicted guilty of cocaine trafficking in January 2007, popular actress Taiwo Akinwade, nicknamed Wunmi, received a three-year prison term.
She was detained by the NDLEA in September 2006 as she prepared to board a flight for London, the United Kingdom, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos.
She was originally kept under the care of the NDLEA cell, where 92 wraps of cocaine were later found in her excretion.
She was given a three-year prison term in January 2007 or a N1 million fine.
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