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Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Defendants tell court they had no case in Adeleke’s alleged exam malpractices

 Defendants tell court they had no case in Adeleke’s alleged exam malpractices


Defendants charged with offences of examination malpractices allegedly involving a former governorship candidate of the Peoples

Democratic Party in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, on Tuesday urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss the case.

The four defendants comprised a relative of the former governorship candidate, Sikiru Adeleke, the principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Alhaji Aregbesola Muftau; the registrar of the school, Gbadamosi Ojo; and a teacher in the school, Dare Samuel Olutope.

The four defendants, through their respective lawyers, argued on Tuesday that the exhibits tendered and the five prosecution witnesses who testified in the case failed to make out any prima facie case or link them to any of the counts.

They urged Justice Inyang Ekwo to uphold their no-case submission which they filed after the prosecution closed its case with five witnesses and hold that there was no sufficient evidence led by the prosecution to warrant calling on them to put up a defence.

Adeleke who contested the September 22, 2018 governorship election in Osun State and came second, was originally arraigned along with the four other defendants on October 31, 2018.

But Justice Ekwo had on May 29, 2020, struck Adeleke’s name off the seven charges, following a request by the prosecution, Mr Simon Lough.

Lough had said he decided to have Adeleke’s name removed from the charges because of his continued absence from the court and in order not to allow the absence to continue to stall the trial.

Adeleke had stopped attending court after he was granted permission by the court on May 6, 2019, to travel to the United States of America on health grounds, and ordered to return to the country by June 7, 2019.

Following the court’s order striking Adeleke’s name from the charges, Lough amended the charges, limiting the list of the defendants to the four remaining defendants.

The four remaining defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges upon their re-arraignment on May 29, 2020.

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