Dr. Femi Olaleye, renowned Medical Director of the Optical Cancer Care Foundation, faced a severe verdict at the Lagos Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja.
Justice Rahman Oshodi sentenced Olaleye to life imprisonment for the defilement of his wife’s 16-year-old niece.
Why Femi Olaleye was charged
The court proceedings revealed overwhelming evidence against Olaleye, solidifying his guilt beyond any reasonable doubt. The medical director had been charged with sexually assaulting the minor over a span of 19 months.
The heinous act only came to light when his wife stumbled upon it and promptly reported it to the Lagos State Police Command.
The nature of the charges against Olaleye violated sections 137 and 261 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015. In the midst of the trial, a pivotal confession made by Olaleye to his previous attorney, Mr. Olalekan Buruji, and the Divisional Police Officer of Anthony Police Station, played a significant role.
His subsequent attempt to retract a commitment made at the police station was discarded, especially given the authenticated seal of the Nigerian Bar Association on the document.
Justice Oshodi commented pointedly on Olaleye’s offenses, stating, “The defendant is a dangerous offender who should be ashamed of himself as he did not show any sign of remorse. The convict began to groom the survivor during the COVID-19 lockdown. The survivor, to your knowledge, was a child, but you forced her to watch pornography, rubbed her breast, and put your penis in her mouth.”
Justice Oshodi further mandated that Dr. Olaleye is to serve life sentences for both counts of defilement and sexual assault by penetration concurrently. His name will also be enlisted in the Sexual Offences Register of the Lagos State Government.
Femi Olaleye pleaded for clemency
While Olaleye’s defense, led by Mr. Adebisi Oridate, pleaded for clemency citing his previously unblemished record and his contributions to public health, Dr. Babajide Martins, representing the state, stressed adherence to the mandatory sentencing stipulated by the Lagos State legal framework.
The trial featured testimonies from six state witnesses against Olaleye, with the defense presenting three. The judgment stands as a stark reminder of the seriousness with which sexual offenses are treated, reinforcing the principle that no individual, regardless of stature like Femi Olaleye, is above the law.
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