Justice Ramon Oshodi of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Ikeja, has ordered that the court should be vacated during proceedings in the trial of Dr Femi Olaleye charged with defiling his wife’s niece.
The prosecution had requested that journalists should be stopped from covering today’s proceedings as the alleged victim was billed to testify.
Justice Oshodi ruled that the request of the prosecution for a closed hearing was in line with the 1999 Constitution and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJL) as amended.
Olaleye, the Medical Director of Optical Cancer Care Foundation, was alleged to have defiled the victim who was living with his family.
The survivor was brought to court heavily guarded and wearing a face mask.
She is now 18 years old but the alleged defilement occurred when she was 16.
Earlier, the state Director of Public Prosecutions, Dr Babajide Martins, moved an application for the court to be vacated to avert negative publicity on the alleged victim.
Defence team led by Mr Babatunde Ogala (SAN) and Mr Olusegun Fabunmi (SAN) did not object to the application on the basis of morality, but informed the court that the survivor had attained 18 years of age.
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Meanwhile, the court has reduced the bail condition of Dr Femi Olaleye from 50 million to 40 million.
Justice Ramon Oshodi reduced the bail after the lead counsel of the defendant, Mr Babatunde Ogala,(SAN) moved an application and prayed the court to reduce his client’s bail to ten million naira and that one of the sureties should be a family or a professional colleague.
The state counsel, led by the Director of the Department of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mr Babajide Martins did not object to the application and left the application at the discretion of the court.