Our reporter/ The sexual offences and domestic violence court Ikeja on Wednesday remanded Dr Femi Olaleye, the Managing Director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, at the Ikoyi Correctional facility pending the fulfillment of his bail conditions.
Olaleye, facing a two-count charge of defilement and sexual assault by penetration of his wife’s 16-year-old niece, was arraigned by the Lagos state government on Wednesday.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.
The court granted him a bail of N50m with two sureties in like sum.
The scheduled arraignment of the cancer care advocate was stalled on November 21, following his absence in court.
During the trial on Wednesday, Babatunde Ogala, counsel to the defendant, read out some portions of Olaleye’s bail application, which was earlier filed in the court.
Ogala asked the court to admit the defendant on bail on the grounds that he is ready to attend all the trials for the case.
The lawyer also said that the defendant is a leading cancer care advocate, whose patients will suffer if remanded in prison during the course of the trial.
According to the senior lawyer, the offences levelled against his client are not “grievous allegations like treason” that warrants the death sentence.
He added that the behaviour exhibited by Olaleye as it relates to his voluntary presence in court shows that he will comply with the conditions of the court.
According to him, the defendants came to court with “reliable and liable” professional colleagues who are ready to stand as sureties for him if granted bail by the court.
Countering the bail application, Babatunde Martins, a lawyer with the state government, said the offences leveled against the defendant is a serious crime in Lagos, which attracts life imprisonment.
Martins said the prosecution team is concerned that the defendant has the tendency to interfere with the case, owing to his relationship with the claimants — his wife and the minor, who is the survivor.
He further argued that Olaleye is flight-risk because he owns the Nigerian passport and probably possesses a British passport.
He asked the court to impose bail conditions that will ensure that the defendant attends his trial.
For the bail conditions, the presiding judge said the defendant should provide two sureties with N50 million in like sum.
The sureties will to provide titles of two landed properties in Lagos, proof of gainful employment, three-year tax clearance, and proper national identification documents.
The judge also asked Mr Olaleye to submit his international passport, British passport and all travelling documents to the court’s clerk.
The court fixed 19 and 21 December, for the continuation of trial.