Nigeria

Court remands doctor for ‘sexual assault’

Dr Femi Olaleye, Medical Director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, has been remanded to Ikoyi Correctional Centre by the Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja pending the fulfilment of his bail conditions.

Dr Femi Olaleye, Medical Director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, has been remanded to Ikoyi Correctional Centre by the Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja pending the fulfilment of his bail conditions.

Dr Olaleye faced two counts of sexual assault and defilement by penetration against his 16-year-old wife’s niece in court.

When the charge was read to him, he entered a not-guilty plea.

In a bail application dated November 24 and filed on November 25, his lead counsel, Mr Babatunde Ogala (SAN), urged the court to release the defendant on “liberal terms.”

Mr Ogala argued that the defendant would be unproductive in prison because his cancer patients looked up to him.

The defendant, he said, came voluntarily after being served with the process and should be given bail if the court deems it appropriate.

In his counter affidavit filed on November 28, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Dr Babajide Martins, argued that the nature of the charge merited the maximum penalty of life in prison.

According to Dr Martins, the actual complainant was the defendant’s first wife, while the nominal complainant was the wife’s niece.

After the defence adopted the bail application and the prosecution filed counter-affidavits, Justice Ramon Oshodi granted the defendant bail for fifty million naira, with two sureties in the same amount.

The judge ordered the sureties to submit the original property documents to the chief registrar of the court, proving that they owned real estate in Lagos.

In addition, he instructed the defendant to hand over all his passports to the court’s chief registrar, including his British, Nigerian, and others.

The judge also directed the court audile to confirm the sureties’ residential addresses.

So, the trial won’t start until December 19, when it was postponed.

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