The Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria says it is embarrassed over the alleged sexual abuse of a teenager by the popular actor, Olarenwaju James, popularly known as Baba Ijesha.
This was conveyed in a statement issued on Saturday and signed signed by its Director of Research and Documentation, Yemi Amodu.
While the body dissociated itself from such ignoble act, it added that it would support the Lagos State Government in ensuring that justice was served.
It, however, sympathised with the parents of the teenager involved, and appealed to parents to allow their children express themselves and expose such evil act.
The statement read partly, “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.
“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.
“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.”