The police have arraigned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, and four others, on charges of examination malpractices.
Backstory: The defendants were arraigned in the Federal High Court in Abuja before Justice I.E Ekwo where they all pleaded not guilty to the four counts against them.
Adeleke was arraigned alongside Sikiru Adeleke; the principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Alhaji Aregbesola Muftau; the registrar of the school, Gbadamosi Ojo; and a teacher in the school, and Dare Samuel Olutope.
The defendants were charged with examination malpractices by fraudulently, through impersonation, registering Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke, as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, in Ojo-Aro in Osun State. They were both registered for the National Examination Council’s (NECO) June/July 2017 Senior School Certificate Examination in February 2017.
They were arraigned on in Abuja on Wednesday and after they took their pleas, three of them, including Adeleke, who had filed their separate bail applications ahead of the arraignment, were granted bail.
Adeleke was represented by Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), the second defendant was represented by Mr. Nathaniel Oke (SAN) and the third defendant by Mr. Abdusalami Abdulfatai.
The fourth and the fifth defendants, who were represented by Mr. Isaac Adeniyi during the previous proceedings of October 15, 2018, were not represented by any lawyer on Wednesday. Consequently, they were remanded in prison.
The judge considered Adeleke’s status as a serving senator in granting him bail. However, the judge issued a directive that he must enter into a bond to assure the court that he would always be present in court for his trial.
The judge also instructed the senator to leave his passport with the registrar of the court and not travel out of the country without the permission of the court.
Following a request from the prosecuting counsel, Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter till December 17, 18 and 19 for the commencement of trial.