The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 22, 2018 election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, was on Wednesday arraigned before Justice I. E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Adeleke, who is an uncle to popular music star, Davido and four others were docked based on a four-count charge of examination malpractice filed against them by the Nigeria Police.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, through the prosecuting counsel, Simon Lough, had on September 19, 2018, filed the charge against Adeleke and his four co-accused.

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Others charged are: Sikiru Adeleke, the Principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School; Aregbesola Muftau, the Registrar of the School; Gbadamosi Ojo and a teacher in the school, Dare Samuel Olutope.

The police accused the five defendants of committing examination malpractices by fraudulently registering Adeleke and another Sikiru Adeleke, as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, in Ojo-Aro in Osun State, for the National Examination Council of June/July 2017 Senior School Certificate Examination in February 2017.

Following the plea of not guilty by all the defendants, Justice Eko granted the lawmaker bail on self-recognition.

The judge ordered that he is however, to deposit his international passport with the court registrar, while he can only travel out of the country on the court’s approval.

The judge directed Senator Adeleke to sign a bond guaranteeing that he will attend the trial till end.

The judge ordered the other three defendants to produce the sum of N2m bail bonds and one surety each in like sum.

According to the judge, the sureties must have a landed properties in the FCT, which titles will be verified by the registrar of the court.

Prosecution counsel, Simon Lough did not object to the bail, explaining that the defendants who were already on Police administrative bail, did not abuse the terms of their bail.

Meanwhile, the judge directed the remand of Ojo and Olutope after refusing an oral application for their bail by one of the defence lawyers, Alex Izinyon (SAN) and N.O.Oke (SAN).

The case has been adjourned to December 17, 18 and 19 for continuation of trial

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