Dr. Olufemi Bags Life Imprisonment for Rape
The Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court has pronounced a life sentence on Dr. Olufemi Olaleye, the Medical Director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation. Dr. Olaleye was found guilty of defiling his wife’s niece when she was 15/16 years old. The judgment, delivered by Justice Rahman Oshodi, reaffirms the court’s unwavering commitment to upholding the law and protecting the vulnerable.
The prosecution, led by Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, Dr. Babajide Martins, meticulously presented the case against Dr. Olufemi. The court heard how the defendant, who was arraigned on November 30, 2022, faced a two-count charge of defilement and sexual assault by penetration of the minor between December 2019 and July 2022. During this harrowing period, the young victim endured unimaginable trauma within her own family home.
Six witnesses, including the survivor, the defendant’s wife, medical experts, and law enforcement officers, testified in the trial. Their accounts painted a distressing picture of the prolonged abuse suffered by the minor. The prosecution argued that Dr. Olaleye’s confessional statement, made before his former counsel and a Divisional Police Officer at the Anthony Police Station, was a damning admission of his guilt. The court agreed, emphasizing that the defendant’s denial during the trial lacked credibility.
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Justice Oshodi, in his scathing remarks, condemned Dr. Olaleye’s actions as those of a “dangerous offender” who showed no remorse. The judge highlighted the survivor’s horrifying experiences, revealing that she was forced to watch pornography, endure sexual assaults, and engage in explicit acts against her will. The court’s decision to convict Dr. Olaleye on charges of child defilement and sexual assault by penetration was unequivocal.
During the trial, the victim’s courage was evident as she disclosed the abuse to her aunt and family’s driver, ultimately leading to Dr. Olaleye’s exposure. The survivor’s bravery, coupled with the meticulous prosecution, ensured that justice was served.
In a plea for leniency, Dr. Olaleye’s counsel argued that he was a first-time offender and a cancer care physician recognized for his services. The defense cited his incarceration’s impact on his business and family, including his aged mother who depended solely on him. However, Justice Oshodi, bound by the laws of Lagos State, handed down two life sentences for both counts, underscoring the severity of the offenses committed.
Furthermore, the judge directed that Dr. Olaleye’s name be inscribed in the Sexual Offences Register of the Lagos State Government, ensuring that his status as a convicted sex offender is publicly known.
The court’s ruling, based on irrefutable evidence and decisive legal action, serves as a beacon of hope for survivors of sexual offenses. It emphasizes that the legal system stands firm against perpetrators, ensuring they are held accountable for their actions. This judgment reinforces the message that in Lagos State, justice will prevail, especially for the most vulnerable members of society.
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