In a groundbreaking verdict delivered on Tuesday, Justice Rahman Oshodi, presiding over the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, found Doctor Olufemi Olaleye, the medical director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, guilty of raping his wife’s niece.
Justice Oshodi, in a meticulous review of the case, emphasized the consistent and compelling evidence provided by the victim and the doctor who conducted her examination. This compelling testimony played a pivotal role in the court’s decision.
Furthermore, the court noted the significance of Olaleye’s confessional statement and the exchange of WhatsApp and email messages with his wife, which further implicated him. These digital records added substantial weight to the case against him.
Justice Oshodi also underscored an essential piece of evidence, namely the statement and undertaking authored by Olaleye himself and signed alongside his lawyer, Olalekan Buruji, complete with the seal of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
This document detailed a disturbing account of the alleged assault, indicating that Olaleye was responsible for both the sexual penetration and the harrowing act of forcing the victim to perform oral sex.
The grave charges against Olaleye centered on the defilement and sexual penetration of a minor, the victim being a 15-year-old girl. The judge’s verdict highlighted that the prosecution had successfully demonstrated its case beyond any reasonable doubt.
The court’s decision was significantly reinforced by the consistency between the evidence presented and the victim’s own harrowing account.