The Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence sitting in Ikeja on Tuesday sentenced the Medical Director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, Doctor Olufemi Olaleye, to life imprisonment for the defilement of his wife’s niece.
Justice Rahman Oshodi sentenced him after he found him guilty of the offence of defilement and sexual penetration of a 15-year-old girl.
The judge held that the prosecution was able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt and that all the evidence before the court corroborated that of the victim.
Olaleye was arraigned on two counts which bordered on defilement and sexual assault by penetration of his wife’s niece, preferred against him by the Lagos State Government.
The convict was arraigned on November 30, 2022, and he pleaded not guilty to the offences.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Dr Babajide Martins had told the court that Olaleye had committed the offences sometime between February 2020 and November 2021.
He said the offence took place at No 17, Layi Ogunbambi close, Maryland, Lagos state.
Olaleye was accused of unlawfully having sexual intercourse with his wife’s 15-year-old niece.
He was also accused of sexually assaulting the teenager by penetrating her mouth with his penis.
According to the prosecution the offences committed contravened Sections 137 and 261, of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.
Following his plea of not guilty, Justice Oshodi granted him bail in the sum of N50m with two sureties in like sum who must have landed property in Lagos state.
The judge ordered that both sureties must also provide evidence of tax payments to the Lagos state government in the last three years.
Justice Oshodi further ordered that Olaleye must deposit his international passport including his British passport and original documents of landed property to the registrar of the court.
During the trial, the convict’s wife, Aderemi Olaleye, told the court that her husband had been sexually abusing her niece during her stay with them.
She testified that the convict first introduced pornography and oral sex to the victim and he released sperm into her mouth.
She said it started in March 2020 till July 2021.
The witness narrated to Justice Oshodi, 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 home where there are no cameras.”
Reacting, Actress Kate Henshaw applauded Justice Rahman Oshodi of the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for justice dispensation in the case of rape brought against a medical director in Lagos State, Olufemi Olaleye.
Ms Henshaw praised the judge for firmness.
She said: “I want to give kudos to the incorruptible Justice Rahman Oshodi for a detailed judgment.
“He listened attentively throughout the proceedings and left no one in doubt that this judgment is his.
“He saw that there was no remorse in Femi Olaleye and that he would repeat the same offences if let go.
“I watched Femi’s body language all the time I came to this court and he showed no remorse as he was always shoulder-up.”
The actress also praised Lagos State Domestic And Sexual Violence Agency for awareness campaigns and war against sexual offences.
Ms Henshaw advised victims of sexual assault and domestic violence to speak up so as to eradicate the menace.