Yomi Fabiyi, a Nigerian actor has amidst serious criticisms on social media, released a new film he titled, “Oko Iyabo” (Iyabo’s husband).
A film he crafted around the case involving Lanre Omiyinka popularly known as “Baba Ijesha” who was recently accused of sexually assaulting a minor.
The release of the film has elicited a whole lot of furore on social media.
You would recall that Yomi Fabiyi had stayed strongly behind Baba Ijesha all through his travails in Police custody and had also vehemently criticised actress Iyabo Ojo and Damilola Adekoya, popularly known as Princess, who is the foster mother of the assaulted teenager, for the parts they played in the entire episode.
Nigerians on social media have however, lashed out at Yomi Fabiyi for his insensitivity, open mockery and for making a movie which supposedly supports child abuse.
The following are some reactions from some social media users:
@DrOlufunmilayo, wrote, “An underaged girl was allegedly raped in the past by a Yoruba actor. There’s a video proving further attempts by the same man. Yomi Fabiyi makes a movie mocking the child, her mom Princess and Iyabo Ojo the whistleblower. This is a complete utter shame to the entire Yoruba movie industry.”
@usmanashafe, tweeted, “A little girl was molested and one Yomi Fabiyi think it’s time to cash out with the story and then he went ahead to do a movie about it and named it ‘Oko Iyabo’. He knew some Nigerians are extremely foolish to applaud him and watch the movie and he banked on that. Shameful.”
@kankross stated that “Yomi Fabiyi is an animal and should be treated as such. Since the day I saw him supporting that Baba Ijesha saga, I get disgusted anytime I see either him or Baba Ijesha in any Yoruba movie. What is that stupid movie?”
@enythn said, “You are absolutely wrong on this one. It sounds like a mockery even if you are right in the fight that the rule of law should be respected in this country, you shouldn’t stoop so low to this level!!! Big shame on you bro!
@xerxesempress said, “The problem is not Yomi Fabiyi. The problem is not the Yoruba movie industry. The problem is the society in general where such a thing can happen and the person behind it can still have a career. The fact that he still has endorsements and is still allowed to act, explains a lot about us.”
@adabekeeblog said, “Please, simply go on YouTube and report the movie ‘Oko Iyabo’. Yomi Fabiyi is an evil man. How do you produce a movie about an ongoing rape case and paint the 14-year-old victim as a sugar baby, all to make money and shame the victim?? Nah, it can’t be well with you. Report it!!”
@bimbexy stated that “Yomi Fabiyi is a colossal disgrace. This ‘Oko Iyabo’ movie he just released is a total fail. Poor acting, poor script, everything about the movie was poorly done, see the way he tried to shame Iyabo Ojo by saying she is a prostitute and did juju to become famous,”
You would also recall that a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja had only recently granted Olanrewaju Omiyinka, (Baba Ijesha) bail after about 2 months in Police custody.
He would however be expected to appear in court when trial commences.