Lagos Doctor Bags Life Imprisonment For Child Defilement

Justice Rahman Oshodi of the Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja on Tuesday convicted and sentenced 57-year-old medical director Dr Olufemi Olaleye to double life imprisonment for defiling his wife’s niece.

Justice Oshodi jailed Olaleye, the founder of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, for the rest of his life after holding that the state government had proven the allegation of sexual assault against him.

The state had arraigned the convict before the court on 30 November 2022 over allegations of having unlawful sexual intercourse and sexually assaulting the 15-year-old-minor by penetrating her mouth with his penis.

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

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

Justice Rahmon Oshodi had earlier dismissed a “No-Case-Submission application” by the convict for lacking merit and asked him to enter his defence.

In his judgment, the judge held that the evidence adduced before the court against the defendant was compelling and proven beyond reasonable doubt.

He stated that the confessional statement of the defendant, which he made before his lawyer, Olalekan Buruji, and the DPO of Anthony Police Station, that he regretted his act, proved that he committed the offences.

The court further held that the oral statement, which the defendant denied, had the NBA seal of Buruji on it, and his denial did not hold water.

“You are a dangerous offender and must be ashamed,” he held.

The judge also described the medical director as a dangerous offender who showed no remorse during the trial.

“You acknowledged that you are a sex addict in your confession but came to this court and told lies.

“You showed no remorse, and it shows that you are a dangerous man.

“The survivor, to your knowledge, is a child, but you forced her to watch pornography, rub her breasts and put your penis in her mouth.

“You penetrated her repeatedly,’’ Justice Oshodi stated.

“By the laws of Lagos State, I am compelled to hand you a sentence of life imprisonment on each count of your offence, although your counsel has said that you are a first-time offender and a doctor of cancer patients.

“I, at this moment, sentence you to life imprisonment on counts one and two,” he said.

Justice Oshodi also ordered that Olaleye have his name written in the Sexual Offences Register of the Lagos State Government.

During the trial, the convict’s wife, Aderemi Olaleye, had told the court in her testimony that her husband had been sexually abusing her niece during her stay in their house.

Mrs Olaleye, who testified from March 2020 to July 2021, claimed that the convict first introduced pornography and oral sex to the victim and he released sperm into her mouth.

The witness also stated that the girl confessed to a relative and their driver that the doctor had been sleeping with her and threatened to kill her and the witness if she told anyone.

The mother of two, who is the complainant said on oath, “My lord, on November 27, 2021, my second cousin told my aunty who is my mother’s sister that since March 2020 Femi has been sexually abusing her and introduced her to pornography, from there he graduated to oral sex with her, that he does this in different places in the house where there are no cameras.”

20th June 2024
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