Lagos Arraigns Doctor Olufemi Olaleye For Child Defilement, Sent To Prison

The Lagos State government on Wednesday arraigned a 57-year-old medical director, Dr Olufemi Olaleye before the state’s Sexual Offences Court in Ikeja for allegedly defiling 15-year-old-minor.

Olaleye, who is the founder of Optimal Care Centre was docked before Justice Ramon Oshodi on an alleged two-count charge of defilement and sexual penetration of a minor.

The defendant allegedly committed the offences between February 2020 and November 2021 on Layi Ogunbambi Close, Maryland, Lagos.

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Olaleye was also accused of sexually assaulting the survivor by penetrating her mouth with his penis.

The alleged offences, according to the state, contravened Sections 137 and 261 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

While moving a bail application his client, the defence counsel, Babatunde Ogala (SAN) submitted that the defendant is willing to go on in his trial because he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Ogala also told the judge that the defendant’s professional colleagues are willing to stand as sureties and the fact that he is a leading cancer non-governmental organisation treatment provider we can not jump bail.

The lawyer argued, “he has not denied the fact that he has been under investigation in a matter that started in 2021, the defendant has not failed to appear before the police, he on his own walked into this court.”

However, the Director, of the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) Dr Babajide Martins urged the court to consider that the closeness of the complainants who is the wife and wife’s niece, may cause a likelihood of interference of the witnesses before deciding on the bail.

Justice Oshodi, however, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50 million with two sureties in like sum, directing that the sureties must have landed property in Lagos State.

The judge also ordered that the sureties must also provide evidence of tax payments for the last three years and that the defendant must deposit his Nigeria and British passports with the court registrar.

The court further remanded the defendant in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services until the perfection of the bail conditions.

She then fixed December, 19 for the commencement of the trial.

15th April 2024
Nigerian Pantagraph