BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – Few hours after an FCT High Court sitting in Bwari, Abuja, confirmed that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Saturday Osun State governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, sat for the May/June examination of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in 1981, the Nigeria Police has summoned him to report to the Special Investigation Panel, Force Headquarters, Abuja immediately for arraignment in court over examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy and personation.
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) in an affidavit deposed to by Osindeinde Adewunmi and filed at the registry of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, said that Adeleke sat for the Senior Secondary School exams in May/June 1981.
Adewunmi’s confirmation of Adeleke’s sitting for the 1981 secondary school examination was contained in a four paragraph affidavit filed on Wednesday in compliance with the order of Justice Othman Musa directing WAEC to confirm whether the Osun PDP governorship candidate sat for the 1981 exams.
Justice Musa had on September 11. 2019 directed WAEC to depose to an affidavit, to either deny or confirm that Senator Adeleke sat for the Exams the Council conducted at Ede Muslim High School in Ede, Osun State in 1981.
The Court also directed WAEC to file the ledger containing results of Adeleke and his mates with whom he sat for the examinations, as well the verifying affidavit, within five days of being served with the enrolled order dated September 11, 2019.
But in a sudden twist, the Nigeria Police has said that Senator Adeleke and four others should in their own interest report to its Special Investigation Panel, Force Headquarters, Abuja immediately for arraignment in court for alleged malpractice, criminal conspiracy, personation, breach of duty, aiding and abetting
The police at a pres briefing by its Force Public Relations Officer, Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood said the Osun State Police Intelligence Bureau (SIB) on July 21, 2017 received and acted on an actionable intelligence about an ongoing examination malpractice involving Senator Adeleke and Sikiru Adeleke at OJO/Aro Community Grammar School in Osun state.
Moshood further said that when the police operative arrived 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.
The police spokesman said that further investigation revealed that both Senator 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.
Moshood said the 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.
According to Moshood; “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 primafacial and culpability facts against Senator Ademola Adeleke and four (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) Credits 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 Grammar 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, 19thSeptember, 2018.”