JUST IN: FG Withdraws Charges Against Senator Adeleke Over Alleged Exam Malpractices
1 month ago Femi Olasunkanmi 0
The prosecution in the trial of former governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State and 8th assembly Senator, Ademola Adelake on examination malpractices charges, withdrew charges against the politician on Thursday.
Senator Adeleke was arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja in October 2018 Ademola was accused of fraudulently, through personation, registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro, Osun State to enable them sit for the National Examinations Council (NECO) examination of June/July 2017.
As hearing resumed on Thursday, prosecution lawyer, Simon Lough said the state has amended the charge to exclude Adeleke, in view of his continued absence in court.
Adeleke has failed to attend court since last year when he was granted permission, by the trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, to travel to the United States on medical grounds
Lawyers to the defendants, led by Alex Izinyon (SAN) did not object to the prosecution’s decision to amend its charge.
The lawyers however disagreed with the prosecution on the appropriate order to be made; whether Adeleke should be simply discharged, based on the withdrawal of the charge against him, or whether he should be discharged and acquitted.