Reprieve last night came the way of Senator Ademola Adeleke, governorship candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Saturday, September 22nd election in Osun State.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to halt the summon on the lawmaker and his planned arraignment over alleged examination malpractice.
A senior presidency source who prefers anonymity confirmed the President’s directive to journalists last night.
The source said that President Buhari specifically ordered that Adeleke should not be invited until after the governorship election scheduled for Saturday.
The Force Headquarters had yesterday summoned Adeleke to appear before a Special Investigation Panel.
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr. Jimoh Moshood, an Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, who conveyed the summon in a statement yesterday, said Adeleke has a pending case bordering on alleged examination malpractice.
Adeleke, who was scheduled to appear before a Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday, may be charged under the Examination Malpractice Act, CAP E15, 2004.
Others to appear for arraignment alongside the Senator, according to Moshood, are his brother, Mr. Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau, Mr. Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo, as well as Mr. Dare Olutope.
The police stated that Senator Adeleke and four others were arrested, investigated, granted bail and are being charged to court on the basis of the alleged examination malpractice.
According to the police, “Charges of examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, impersonation, breach of duty, aiding and abetting” against Senator Adeleke and four others have been filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja under the Examination Malpractice Act, CAP E15, 2004.
The case was filed on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
“Consequently, Senator Adeleke and four others, namely; Mr. Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Egbedore LGA, Osun State), Mr. Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (school official responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO), Mr. Dare Olutope (school teacher who facilitated the commission of the crime) are hereby advised in their own interest to report to the Special Investigation Panel, Force Headquarters, Abuja immediately for arraignment in court,” the police stated.
According to the FPRO, the alleged offence was committed sometime in July 2017, at Ojo/Aro Community Grammar School, Osun State.
He claimed that upon “actionable intelligence” on the alleged examination malpractice, the Osun State Police Intelligence Bureau had arrested Adeleke on July 27, 2017, while others were picked up on July 21, and August 8 respectively.
“On July 21, 2017, the Osun State Police Intelligence Bureau (SIB) received and acted on an actionable intelligence about an ongoing examination malpractice involving Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke at Ojo/Aro Community Grammar School in Osun State.
“When the Police operatives arrived at the school, only Sikiru Adeleke was found seated for the examination while Senator Ademola Adeleke’s seat was vacant and was suspected to have escaped before the arrival of the police operatives.
“Further investigation revealed that both Senator Adeleke and his brother, Sikiru Adeleke registered and were sitting for the National Examination Council Examination (NECO) 2017 as internal candidates, impersonating students of the school at the ages of 57 years and 42 years respectively.
“This crime was facilitated by the principal of the school and two other members of staff of the school for which they are under investigation and being charged to court,” the police said.
This was as the Force further alleged that: “The Principal of the school, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau, the staff responsible for registration, Mr. Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo and a teacher, Mr. Dare Olutope, were arrested on July 21, 2017. Senator Adeleke was arrested on July 27, 2017 and Sikiru Adeleke was arrested on August 8, 2017.
The Police claimed that upon investigation, it was revealed that: “Senator Adeleke made cautionary statement and admitted that he registered for the 2017 NECO examinations as an internal student in the said school and did not sit for the examination, but have a result from NECO with seven Credits and one Pass, a copy of which was obtained from NECO by the police.”
He further alleged that Senator Adeleke, in the NECO 2017 result, claimed that he was born on June 12, 1997. But in his statement to the Police, Senator Adeleke wrote May 13, 1960 as his date of birth.
Meanwhile, the PDP said the sudden realisation by the Police that its governorship candidate, Adeleke, was involved in examination malpractice in 2017 is laughable.
The party also noted that Adeleke’s invitation by the police, barely two days to the September 22 Osun governorship election, was a ploy by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to distract the PDP candidate and possibly, put him out of circulation before and during the election.
In a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP accused the police of acting the APC’s script.
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