The Lagos State Government has closed its case against the Medical Director of Cancer Care Foundation, Dr Olufemi Olaleye, over the defilement of his wife’s 16-year-old niece.
State Director of Public Prosecutions, Dr Babajide Martins, told a Lagos Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, sitting in Ikeja, that prosecution was ready to close its case after calling six witnesses.
Defence Counsel, Babatunde Ogala, SAN, however, informed the Court that the defence had filed a no-case submission.
Justice Ramon Oshodi consequently closed the prosecution’s case and adjourned until March 16 for adoption of written addresses on the no-case submission.
Olaleye is standing trial on a two-count charge of defilement and sexual assault by penetration.
He, however, pleaded not guilty.
An Investigative Police Officer, IPO, Insp. Abe Leonard, had on Jan. 26, gave evidence against the defendant, while a forensic expert at the Mirabel Centre, Lagos, Mrs Oyebimpe Akinbunmi, and one, Insp. Esther Igbineweka, testified against the Medical Director on Jan. 4.
Mrs Olabisi Ajayi-Kayode, a child forensic specialist with the Ceceyara Foundation, on Jan. 3, gave evidence against the defendant.
The alleged victim, on Dec. 21, 2022, reportedly testified against the defendant in a closed hearing in line with the 1999 Constitution and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
The wife of the defendant, Mrs Aderemi Fagbemi-Olaleye, on Dec. 19, 2022, also told the Court that her husband was diagnosed with sex addiction.
The alleged offences violate Sections 137 and 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.