Barrister Adeshina Ogunlana, the supposed legal counsel of embattled Yoruba thespian Olanrewaju James popularly known as Baba Ijesha has reacted to claims by the actor that he (Ogunlana) is not his lawyer.
Baba Ijesha had denied any link with the lawyer when he stated that Mr Adeshina Ogunlana, a former Chairman of Ikeja Branch of Nigerian Bar Association, is not his counsel.
Baba Ijesha had in a copy of disclaimer made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) last Saturday, said that he never briefed Ogunlana to be his legal representative.
“I wish to state categorically and emphatically that I have never briefed the lawyer nor instructed him to act on my behalf in any way, or manner howsoever and whatsoever.
“He (Ogunlana) is not my lawyer, and whatever you heard or hear from him concerning my lawyers, the police or court case, does not represent the true position.
“He has been acting without my knowledge or consent,” he said.
Reacting to the development, Ogunlana said that “funny characters” were behind the disclaimer, adding that they were fighting back after a magistrate granted Baba Ijesha bail.
He said; “Take my laughter as my initial response to the news that James Olanrewaju issued a press statement that I am not his lawyer. These people don’t know me. God assisted us to grant him bail through the magistrate.
“Baba Ijesha can say that you are a thunderbolt. You are too much for me. But he can never disown me. He didn’t, he will not. He can never say that he does know, brief me.
“I am telling you very confidently that all that you are seeing is a ruse. It is a shenanigan. It is all selfish interest both in the police that are trying to fight back,” Ogunlana concluded.