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Dr Olaleye Has Case To Answer, Sexual Offences Court Declares



Justice Rahmon Oshodi of Lagos Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Ikeja has dismissed a ‘no case application’ filed by an embattled medical doctor, Femi Olaleye, alleged of defilement of her wife’s niece.

The judge dismissed his application for lack of merit and asked him to enter his defence.

The State government had filed two counts charges against Olaleye, alleged him of having unlawful sexual intercourse and did sexually assaulted by penetrating her mouth with his penis.

His offences contravened Sections 137 and 261 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

However, while ruling on his application moved by the defendant lead counsel, Mr. Olusegum Fabunmi (SAN), the court held that he was inclined to agree with the prosecution witness and their testimony before the court.

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Justice Oshodi said that he has studied all exhibit in detail and constraint to consider the evidence before the court on prima facie case and the credibility of the evidences

He held that, “I have carefully listened to the submissions of both prosecution and defence. In this case six witnesses testified for the prosecution and various exhibits were tendered in evidence.

“At this stage, I am not to decide whether the evidence presented is believed or not. I am not to decide the credibility or the way to attack the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses but what I am obligated to do at this stage is to decide whether something has been produced so far to prove this case worthwhile.

“The learned SAN has pointed out some evidence he considered as discrepancies in the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses but I am afraid I am unable to give such an opinion regarding the discrepancies at this stage in a no case context.

“I am inclined to agree with the prosecution, I do believe that the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses namely PW1 to 6 and the exhibits tendered thus far has made it worthwhile to continue the trial.

“The no case submission is overruled and accordingly, the defendant is hereby called upon to open his defense.”

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Earlier, Fabunmi (SAN) in his ‘no case submission’ dated February 21,2023, argued that the prosecution has not provided sufficient evidence against the defendant to warrant him to enter defence. He also submitted that the evidence of the prosecution was not sufficient to convict the defendant.

According to the senior lawyer, there was no time the defendant was caught committing the alleged offences. The defendant even denied committing the offence. There was no prima facie case liking the defendant to the offence.

“In the first instance, the survivor did not state that the offence was committed, it was after thought. We want the court to look at the testimony of PW6, stating that the victim did not produce the medical report at the time she alleged the offence was committed.”

He urged the court to grant the application and dismissed the case against the defendant.

In his response to his argument, the lead prosecution team, the Director of Public Prosecution(DPP), Dr. Babajide Martins submitted that the prosecution has called six witnesses including survivor to testify in the case. He said the prosecution also tendered 21 exhibits to prove his case against the defendant.

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He argued that there was no doubt about the identity of the defendant, as the survivor gave account of how she was asked to suck the defendant’s penis.

” The issue that PW2 does not know when the incident happens does not arise. The testimony of the under age girl (survivor) corroborated what the prosecution alleged the defendant of. The evidence of PW3 also corroborated.

” The law is settled, the probative value in accordance to section 24 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law. The defendant did not even say he did not live in that house. The girl was 15 years and not below 14 years as at that time.

” We have alleged defilement by penetration, tender exhibits as well as documentary evidence. Even when the survivor was cross- examined by the learned silk, that was defile during her menstrual circle, she responded that the defendant knows her menstrual time. The survivor said the defendant usually comes when children are asleep,” Martins submitted.

The DPP therefore urged the court to dismiss defendant application and ask him to enter his defence.

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IVD Gets Trial Date over Wife’s Death




The trial of a popular auto dealer, Ikechukwu Ogbonna, alias IVD, the husband of late Abimbola Ogbonna, who died at Lekki, in a fire incidence has been fixed for March 30, before a Lagos State High Court, in Ikeja.

Justice Modupe Nicole-Clay adjourned to this date for commencement of trial after the defendant was arraigned on Monday.

At his arraignment, the defendant pleaded not guilty to a one-count charge of involuntary manslaughter, brought against him by the Lagos State Government.

The defendant was aledged to have committed an offence contrary to Section 229 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

Addressing the court, State Counsel, Adeshola Bello, informed the court that the defendant is for arraignment.

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The court registrar read the charge to the defendant, which he pleaded not guilty.

The State Counsel, Adeshola also informed the judge, that there is a mix up in the date of which the aledged offence was committed. We have on record 10th October but the date was 12th October.”

She urged for the indulgence of the court to make an amendment, which the court granted her permission.

The defence counsel, Mr.Victor Ogunde, SAN, sought bail for the defendant.

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While seeking bail for the defendant, the judge asked why he was bringing a bail application despite the fact that the defendant was on bail since March 1.

The defence counsel replied that the suit against his client was with a different number.

Justice Nicole-Clay thereafter adjourned till March 30, May 24 and 25, 2023.

Recall that the media went agog with the news of late Mrs. Abimbola Ogbonna said to have died as a result of the fire incident that occurred in the couple’s home on the 12th day of October 2022, since then the internet has been publishing different versions of the stories leading to Abimbola’s death mostly as painted by the husband Mr. Ikechukwu Ogbonna.

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Murder Trial of Hilton Hotel Owner, Dr Adedoyin Suffers Set Back




The trial of Hilton Hotel owner, Dr Rahman Adedoyin, and his six workers being prosecuted over the alleged murder of Obafemi Awolowo University student, Timothy Adegoke, has suffered set back as their defence counsel failed to file final written address on time.

Justice Oyebola Ojo, had adjourned till March 16 for adoption of final address by parties.

It was learnt that the counsel to the defendant failed to file their final written addresses on time, which also prevented the prosecution counsel from filing a response to enable the court proceed.

A source told journalists that the court could not seat because prosecution counsel could not respond to the addresses filed by defendants in the matter.

“The court could not sit because the defence counsel could not file their written addresses on time, hence prosecution counsel could not respond. So there are no addresses before the court to warrant it to seat for parties to adopt,” the source said.

Prosecution counsel, Fatima Adesina, who had always represented Femi Falana, SAN, in court, said the parties had agreed to meet and address the court on April 27.

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Law Catch Up With International Prostitution Ringleader, Extradited to Italy




The law has caught up with an intercontinental wanted Nigerian lady, Joy Jeff on the list for her role as a ringleader of an international prostitution syndicate, as she was arrested and extradited back to Rome, by Italian authorities in Abuja

Joy, has been on the run since 2010, when she was found guilty of criminal conspiracy, enslavement, human trafficking, and living off the earnings of prostitution by Italy court.

She bolted in 2010 after she was convicted in absentia and handed a 13-year prison term.

The police added in a statement that the fugitive was a prominent member of the Nigerian mafia and one of the few women on Italy’s most-wanted list.

A 2020 agreement between Italy and Nigeria made her extradition easier. On June 4, 2022, she was detained in Nigeria under an international warrant.

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Italian investigators in the eastern city of Ancona said Jeff played a leading role in trafficking women to Italy, Ireland, Spain and the Netherlands, where they were forced into prostitution by violence and threats. She has been convicted in her absence.

Video released by the Italian police showed the woman being flown from the Nigerian capital Abuja to Ciampino Airport in Rome where she was taken away in a wheelchair by police.

“The criminal is one of the few women included in the list of 100 dangerous fugitives drawn up by the integrated joint group for the search for fugitives of the Central Directorate of the Criminal Police,” the Italian police stated.

This extradition represents the first provision under the extradition treaty between Italy and Nigeria, signed in 2020, and was possible thanks to the joint work of the Nigerian judiciary, the Italian ambassador in Nigeria and the Italian Ministry of Justice.

“Following an investigation by officials of the International Police Cooperation Service (SCIP) in the African country and the issuance of a red notice in 2010, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigerian intelligence service, managed to track down and arrest the woman on June 4, 2022, thanks also to the collaboration between the Italian immigration expert in Nigeria and the local police forces.”


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