The Federal Government has charged Senator Ademola Adeleke (Osun West) and four others before the Federal High Court, Abuja with alleged examination malpractices.
Adeleke and others were accused, in a four-count charge filed in the name of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of fraudulently registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro, Osun State to enable them sit for the National Examination Council (NECO) examination of June/July 2017.
Named with Adeleke, in the charge are: Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (the principal of the school), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (school Registrar) and Dare Samuel Olutope (the teacher).
Adeleke was absent when the case was called on Tuesday.His lawyer, Alex Izinyon (SAN), told the court that his client took ill on Friday and had been stooling.
Izinyon said a copy of a medical report was available to that effect. He said Adeleke suddenly took ill at the weekend, but was getting better.He sought a postponement of the arraignment.
Prosecution lawyer, Simon Lough, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), said he was in receipt of the medical report on the health condition of the 1st defendant (Adeleke).
He said he was not averse to a short adjournment as sought by Izinyon. He said the defendants were released on the administrative bail granted them by the police.Lawyers to the other defendants also agreed to a short adjournment, following which Justice I. E. Ekwo adjourned till October 31 for arraignment.
Justice Ekwo said: “The prosecution is ordered to ensure the defendants are in court at the next date, to take their plea.”Izinyon has represented the IGP in some major cases. He represented the IGP in the cases against his invitation by the Senate over Senator Dino Melaye’s trial and the Offa robbery case in Abuja.
In the first count preferred against the defendants, the prosecution alleged that the five defendants “conspired to commit felony, to wit: examination malpractices, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10 of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004”.
In count 2, the prosecution alleged that the three members of staff of the school acted in concert by aiding and abetting “the commission of examination malpractice by personation” when they allegedly “registered Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke” while knowing or having “reasons to believe that they are not students of the school”.
The alleged offence is said to be contrary to Section 9(1) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004.In count three, the two Adelekes were accused of acting in concert, and “personated as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School when you fraudulently registered as students of the school in the June/July, 2017 NECO”.
The offence is said to be contrary to Section 3(2) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004.The fourth count accused the three members of staff of the school of “acting in concert” and while “saddled with the responsibilities of registering students of your school in the June/July 2017 NECO examination, breached that duty by registering Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke as students of your school in the June/July 2017 NECO examination when you know or had reasons to believe that they are not students of the school”.
The fourth count was said to be contrary to Section 10(a) and punishable under Section 3(2) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E15 LFN 2004.
It would be recalled that the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded Osun Election, Senator Adeleke has described the case reportedly filed against him by the police at an Abuja Federal High Court as a political witchhunt designed to scuttle the retrieval of the stolen mandate of Osun people.
Reacting to the police action in a statement on Monday, Senator Adeleke said “the police is in collusion with the APC in the plot to implicate me on trumped up charges as a way of distrupting the commencement of our petitions before the Election Petition TribunaI.
“Their plan was originally to arrest me before the election so that I won’t be able to effectively participate at the governorship election but court order and interventions stopped the evil agenda. Now that the APC knew the game is up and the stolen mandate is about to be retrieved,the party in collusion with the police has perfected fresh plot to distract,harrass and intimidate me,” the Senator noted in the statement.
He however affirmed that no amount of intimidation will distract him from his undilluted determination to retrieve the stolen mandate ,declaring that “I will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the will of Osun people as expressed at the last poll was realised.
“Nigerians are aware that the so called examination case is politically motivated.The public is aware of the many intimidation and attacks I have been subjected to before during and now after the election.We stand by the people and we will not surrender their mandate to anti-democratic forces.
“Let me use this medium to reassure the people of Osun state that our lawyers are on top of the situation.All neccesary legal actions are been taken to stop this illegalities from standing.We are equally proceeding to commence our legal action to redress the electoral injustice of the last poll”,the governorship candidate declared.
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