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Alleged defilement: Court adjourns case till Nov 30 as Dr Femi Olaleye fails to appear

Nov 21, 2022

The trial of 57-year-old medical director, Dr. Olufemi Olaleye of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation for arraignment was stalled today November 21 following his absence in court.


LIB had earlier reported that Olaleye was charged to court by the Lagos State Government in Suit ID/202896/2022 for the alleged defilement of a 15-year-old-minor.


While addressing the court this morning, the State Prosecutor, Olugbenga Alagbe, informed the court that the matter was for trial. Alagbe explained that a letter was sent to the defendant and that it was duly acknowledged which could be regarded as Exhibit A.


Addressing the judge, the counsel to the suspect, Babatunde Ogala, SAN, explained why his client is not in court.


“The defendant is out of town and his lawyers have not been served. They should give us three clear days.”


The prosecutor asked that a bench warrant should be served in view of the circumstance. Ogala, countered his submission


“So asking for a bench warrant for a man who has neither jumped bail or refused to appear, he is not running anywhere, if he was in Lagos, he will be here.  We ask for a date for arraignment to be done. Even when there is no service but we are here on his behalf.” he said


The defense counsel also informed the court that he intends to serve the prosecution a summons for bail. Alagbe replied that if they get the summon on Friday, they will respond by Monday.


The presiding judge,  Justice Rahman Oshodi adjourned till November, 30, 2022.