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Court Grants Lagos Medical Director Femi Olaleye N50 million Bail

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Judge Ramon Oshodi of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Wednesday admitted Femi Olaleye to N50 million bail with two surety.

A Sexual Offences and Domestic Viol£nce Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos had earlier remanded the Medical Director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, Dr Femi Olaleye, for alleged defil£ment of his 16 year-old wife’s niece (name withheld).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Ramon Oshodi on Wednesday, November 30, ordered that the defendant to be remanded in Ikoyi Correctional Centre pending the perfection of his bail.

Oleleye is charged with a two-count charge of defil£ment and s£xual a$$ault by penetration.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

On Wednesday, Babatunde Ogala, the legal counsel representing the defendant, asked the court to admit the defendant on bail on the grounds that he was ready to attend all the trials for the case.

The counsel argued that the defendant was a leading cancer care advocate whose patients would suffer if remanded in prison custody during the trial.

According to Mr Ogala, the offences levelled against Mr Olaleye are not “grievous allegations like treason” warranting a death sentence.

The legal counsel added that the behaviour exhibited by Mr Olaleye as it relates to his voluntary presence in court shows that he will comply with the conditions of the court.

Mr Babatunde Martins, the state’s counsel, said the offences levelled against the defendant are serious crimes in Lagos, attracting life imprisonment.

Mr Martins said the prosecution team was concerned that Mr Olaleye could interfere with the case, owing to his relationship with the victim and the accused is a flight risk having a British passport.

He asked the court to impose bail conditions to ensure the defendant attends his trial.

The judge said the defendant’s sureties would provide titles of two landed properties in Lagos, proof of gainful employment, three-year tax clearance, and proper national identification documents.

The judge asked Olaleye to submit his international passport, British passport and all travelling documents to the court’s clerk.

The judge adjourned the case until December 19 and 21 for further hearing.

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