Police arrest Senator Adeleke with certificate forgery. The police in Abuja have charged Senator Ademola Adeleke with certificate forgery. He was charged this morning May 7th 2019 at an Abuja magistrates’ court. Police spokesperson Frank Mba did not immediately give reasons for Mr Adeleke’s detention, but said his legal representatives were carried along during preparation of charges.
Mr Mba said the police will accord the Osun governorship contender “the best tradition of natural justice and fair hearing.”
Though the police have not publicly disclosed the specific charges against Mr Adeleke, his associates have been speculating that they were connected to the allegations of certificate forgery that had assailed the lawmaker for nearly a year.
We could re call that Mr Adeleke was first arrested in September 2018, a few days to the Osun governorship election in which he was the most potent opposition challenger. He was accused of writing WAEC with muddled identity in order to beef up his credentials for the governorship election that was then upcoming.
Presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, ruled last week that the lawmaker should honour a fresh Police invitation before his planned May 7 medical trip abroad which is scheduled to end just before the June 10 resumption date of his case.
The senator strongly denied allegations of forgery when he was arraigned by the police, saying he had been a victim of vindictive politics of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Adeleke who is a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, was defended by the principal of the school in which he was accused of committing the offence. A statement from his office Monday night said the principal and WAEC swore affidavits in defending the governor against forgery or impersonation.
The statement released also said Adeleke’s latest arrest was aimed at frustrating his case at the election petitions tribunal. The senator had challenged the outcome of the September 2018 governorship election, saying he was robbed by the APC. The tribunal declared him winner of the election in March, but the APC’s incumbent governor, Gboyega Oyetola, appealed the ruling.
The PDP condemned Adeleke’s latest arrest because the charges police filed against him in 2018 were still pending in court. The magistrate overruled Adebiyi’s objection to the court’s jurisdiction to entertain the case on the grounds that the court order did not restrain the prosecution from arraigning the defendant.
When the charges were read to him, Adeleke pleaded not guilty and was granted a N2 million bail with a surety who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court. He was also granted permission to travel abroad for medical reasons and return before the trial commences on June 24 when the prosecution is expected to present witnesses.