Davido’s uncle Senator Ademola Adeleke (The Dancing Senator) was arrested by the Nigeria police force and charged with new charges to prevent him from traveling to America. Senator Adeleke recently contested for the office of the Governor for Osun State and he lost, but he was later declared the winner after he challenged the election result in court.
He is facing 7 count charges for examination malpractice. The accused senator was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the most recent Governorship election in Osun State. He was arraigned for fraudulently registering and passing the June/July 2017 senior school certificate examination that was held on February 2017.
The secondary school exam was a requirement to become a Governor in Nigeria. The Senator Adeleke needed to take the exam, he registered and sat for the exam but he is been accused of a no show at the exam all. The prosecutors claimed that someone else took the exam for him and the case is now in court.
What led to Senator Ademola Adeleke’s Arrest ?
The PDP candidate was summoned to court when the exam invigilator said they did not see him in the examination hall. This accusation insinuated that he cheated and the Nigeria police decided to take legal action against him.
The Nigeria police force (NPF) took on the case with the intent to prosecute Senator Ademola Adeleke for exam malpractice. The NPF took the case to the federal high court in Abuja; they provided 2 key witnesses that said that they did not see the Senator in the exam hall.
According to the police spokesperson Mr. Frank Mba, “Senator Adeleke is currently in police custody. He was taken into custody in the evening of today 6th May 2019 in connection with ongoing criminal investigations touching on his person”.
“Meanwhile, in the best tradition of natural justice and fair hearing, he has already been served with the relevant charge sheet containing his alleged offences in the presence of his Attorneys. He will be arraigned in a competent court of law tomorrow, 7th May 2019.”
His brother, Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal, Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo Aro Osun State), Gbadamosi Thoma Ojo (School Registrar) and Dare Samuel Olutope (a teacher) were also charged in connection to the examination malpractice case.
“I could not identify any student without the school album since it was my first time there. So, the principal and the registrar helped me to identify them as I used the list I had to call the students into the hall. I didn’t see any of the defendants in the examination hall. Senator Adeleke was not in the examination hall. He is a public figure, so, I would have recognized him,”A witness who goes by the name Enoch Adigun told the court.
“I was surprised to see him (Sikiru Adeleke) because he was the most mature student in the hall. But when I checked and saw that he had an identity card duly stamped by the school, I had to allow him to write the examination,”Adigun added.
Adigun, the witness told the court that he did not see (Ademola) Adeleke in the examination hall or any of the other defendants besides Sikiru. This revelation leads the police to believe that they have a solid case against the accused senator.
Osun state aspiring Governor Adeleke pleaded not guilty to 4 counts of crime relating to examination malpractice. He was charged along with his brother Sikiru Adeleke.
According to reports ”Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered Senator Adeleke to appear for questioned before his scheduled medical check-up trip to the United States of America. Report shows that he was detained when he showed up.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) issued a statement denouncing the arrest. The said “This is highly provocative, an invitation to anarchy and recipe for a very serious crisis, not only in Osun, but also in the judiciary and our polity as a nation,” the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbindiyan, said at a Press conference in Abuja.
He added, “The arrest and detention of Senator Adeleke is a direct act of violence against our laws, the institution of the judiciary and the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“This is part of the grand plot by the All Progressives Congress to coerce Senator Adeleke to relinquish the mandate that was freely given to him by the people of Osun State, which was further established by the election petitions tribunal.”
Senator Adeleke released after from Jail
He was released from Maitama Police station following plans to arraign him on Tuesday at an undisclosed Magistrate court.