Adeleke Faces Fresh Charges On Exam Fraud

By Yakubu Lawal

The Federal Government has re-arraigned Sen. Ademola Adeleke on a seven-count amended charge on examination malpractice.

The serving senator was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Sept. 22, 2018 Osun governorship election which he lost.

Adeleke and four other defendants were first arraigned on a four-count charge before Justice Edward Ekwo in September.

Adeleke and the other defendants pleaded “not guilty” to the seven count charges following which the prosecuting counsel, Mr Simon Lough asked the court for adate to commence trial.

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Adeleke’s counsel, Mr Alex Izinyon (SAN), however, prayed the court for time to respond to all the processes served on his client.

Iziyonalso moved an application urging the court to release Adeleke’s International passport to enable him travel abroad for medical treatment.

The prosecution did not oppose the application and the judge granted theapplication and ordered that Adeleke’s passport be released to him to enablehim travel.

The judge ruled that Adeleke should return the International Passport within three days of his return to the country.

Adeleke was arraigned in September on a four-count charge bordering on examination malpractices, along with his brother, Sikiru Adeleke and three others.

The senator pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail onself-recognizance by the court.

As part of his bail conditions, Adeleke was to sign an undertaken to always attend trial and was not to travel out of the country without the permission of the court.

The accomplices are Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal, Ojo-Aro Community GrammarSchool, Ojo-Aro Osun), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (School Registrar) and Dare SamuelOlutope (a teacher).

The second and third defendants were admitted to bail in the sum of N2 million each and one surety each, in like sum.

They were also asked to submit their international passports to the court and were not to travel out of the country without obtaining permission from the court.(NAN)