By O’Femi Kolawole
The Nigeria Police, Wednesday, declared the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Saturday’s governorship elections, Senator Ademola Adeleke who is currently representing Osun West senatorial district in the Senate, wanted for examination malpractice, which he was alleged to have been involved in during the conduct of the 2017 National Examination Council Examination (NECO) examination at Ojo/Aro Community High School in Osun State.
In a statement released by the force headquarters,through its spokesman, Moshood Jimoh, the police asked Adeleke and four others to report to its Special Investigation Panel at the Abuja headquarters for arraignment in court.
According to the Police, Senator Adeleke and his alleged accomplices, Mr Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal of Ojo-Aro Community High School, Egbedore LGA, Osun State), Mr Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (School Staff responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO), Mr Dare Olutope (School Teacher who facilitated the commission of the crime), will face a charge of examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, impersonation.
“On 21st July 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 High School in Osun state,” the Police statement read in part.
“When the Police operative 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 Ademola 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 57years and 42years 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 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 21 July 2017.
“Senator Ademola Adeleke was arrested on 27 July 2017 and Sikiru Adeleke was arrested on 8 August 2017.
“Senator Ademola Adeleke made cautionary statement and admitted that he registered for the 2017 NECO examinations as an internal student in the said school but he didn’t sit for the examination.
“However, Police investigation revealed the following prima facia and culpability facts against Senator Ademola Adeleke andfour (4) others.
“Senator Ademola 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 (7) Credit and One (1) Pass, a copy of which was obtained from NECO by the Police.
“The Ojo/Aro 2017 NECO, SSCE school photo album (School’s copy), with Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke Photographs in school uniform in the said album. Senator Ademola Adeleke in the NECO 2017 Result obtained by the claimed that he was born on 12th June 1997 but in his statement to the Police, senator Ademola Adeleke wrote 13th May 1960 as his Date of Birth.
“The photographs of both Senator Ademola Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke appearing side by side in the photo album have no NECO stamps on them.
“Senator Ademola Adeleke and four others were arrested, investigated, granted bail and being charged to court. Charges of Examination Malpractice, Criminal Conspiracy, Personation, Breach of Duty, Aiding and Abetting against Senator Ademola Adeleke (PDP Governorship Aspirant in the 22nd September, 2018 Gubernatorial Election in Osun State) and four (4) others namely; MR Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal of Ojo-Aro Community High School, Egbedore LGA, Osun State), Mr Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (School Staff responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO), Mr Dare Olutope (School Teacher who facilitated the commission of the crime) have been filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja under the Examination Malpractice Act, CAP E15, 2004 today, Wednesday, 19th September, 2018.
“Consequently, Senator Ademola Adeleke (PDP Governorship Aspirant in the 22nd September, 2018 Gubernatorial Election in Osun State) and four (4) others namely; MR Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal of Ojo-Aro Community High School, Egbedore LGA, Osun State), Mr Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (School Staff 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.”
A respite from the Presidency
Meanwhile, POSTERITY MEDIA gathered that he President Muhammadu Buhari told the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, to halt the police invitation to Adeleke.
A source from the Presidency who pleaded anonymity also confirmed the development to journalists on Wednesday.
POSTERITY MEDIA gathered that Buhari did this to avoid his government being accused of victimizing and persecuting Adeleke, who is an opposition politician and seen by some members of the public as a major contender for the Osun governorship post.
Also, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has told the court that Senator Adeleke sat for the examination in 1981.
WAEC, in an affidavit deposed by one Osindeinde Henry Adewunmi and which was filed at the registry of the Federal Capital Territory High Court Bwari, confirmed that the PDP governorship candidate sat for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination in May/June 1981.
In the four-paragraph affidavit filed in compliance with the order of Justice Othman Musa directing the examination body to supply the court with particulars of the Senator Adeleke in the 1981 examinations, WAEC confirmed that the lawmaker sat for the examination at Ede Muslim High School located in Yidi Road, Ede, Osun State with center number 19645.
The affidavit deposed to by the WAEC, Deputy Registrar, was accompanied with the ledger containing the names and results of all the candidates from number 001 to 221 who sat for the secondary school certificate examination in the said school.
The certified true copy of the ledger, however, indicated that Senator Adeleke, sat for only English Language in the examination.
The case was earlier brought against Adeleke by two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The APC chieftains, Wahab Adekunle Raheem and Adam Omosalewa Habeeb, had dragged the PDP candidate before an Abuja High Court praying the court for an order to disqualify him from participating in the September 22 governorship election in Osun State on the ground that he did not have requisite education qualification.
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