Senator Adeleke ,Arraigned On Fresh Certificate Forgery ,Gets N2m Bail

Senator Ademola Adeleke as arraigned on Tuesday before a magistrate court in Abuja on a five-count charge bordering on alleged false statement and forgery.

He  was charged with alleged false statement that he attended Ede Muslim Grammar School in Ede, Osun State, and obtained WASSCE.

Shortly after the court began its proceeding, the police prosecutor assistant commissioner of police Simon lough informed the court of the charges preferred against the lawmaker and the need for him to take a plea.

The Police also alleged that Adeleke forged the school letter of attestation purported to have been signed by one Mr. Abbas Khalid, the principal of the school.

The Magistrate, Mohammed Zubairu, admitted Adeleke to N2m bail with one surety in like sum.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Simon Lough, told the court that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 164, 164, 362, 362 and 364.

Adeleke pleaded not guilty to the charge. The defence counsel, Adebeyi Adeyosoye, prayed the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms or self recognition.

He assured that his client will not jump bail, saying he is a reliable and well known citizen.

NAN reports that before the arraignment, Adeyosoye raised an objection over the jurisdiction of the court.

His objection was premised on grounds that a Higher Court on Monday, May 6, 2019, granted Adeleke leave to travel to the U.S. for medical attention from May 7 to June 9.

Adeyosoye also said that the court gave an order restraining the Police from arresting Adeleke.

He prayed that the court should adjourn the matter sine die, pending the determination of a similar suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Adeyosoye also said that the court has no jurisdiction to handle the matter.

He said the arraignment was a ploy to embarrass the defendant and also impracticable to continue with the arraignment.

Adeyosoye also said it will be a breach of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But the prosecution counsel, Lough, who did not object to the documents, said he was not served.

He opposed the application because, he said, the objection was misplaced and misconceive, the court did not say the defendant should not be arraigned in court. Lough also said the court has the jurisdiction to handle the matter.

The PDP had accused the police of plotting to prevent Adeleke’s swearing in as governor of Osun state, having been declared winner of the election by the tribunal.