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IGP summons PDP candidate, Adeleke over alleged exam malpractice

 

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Abubakar Idris has summoned the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun state governorship election, Ademola Adeleke, over alleged examination malpractice and criminal conspiracy.

In a statement yesterday, the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said Adeleke and Sikiru, his brother, sat for the National Examination Council Examination (NECO) as internal candidates in 2017, “impersonating” students of OJO/Aro Community Grammar School in Osun State.

The police said the alleged crime was facilitated by the principal of the school, and two other members of staff who are under investigation and being charged to court.

The force asked the senator and the four others allegedly involved to report to the force headquarters in Abuja for “immediate” arraignment in court.

Moshood said charges of examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, impersonation and breach of duty have been filed against the five at the federal high court in Abuja.

The development comes hours after the West African Examination Council (WAEC) confirmed that Adeleke sat for its examination in 1981.

The council had informed an FCT high court that Adeleke sat for its examination in 1981, contrary to insinuations that he did not.

The police gave the names of the other accused as Aregbesola Mufutau, pincipal of the school; Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo, school staff responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO; and Dare Olutope, school teacher “who facilitated the commission of the crime.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the IG not to invite the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Osun State governorship election, before Saturday.

The police had asked Adeleke to immediately appear at the force headquarters in Abuja over alleged examination malpractice.

But a presidential source told reporters yesterday that Buhari had ordered the IGP not to go ahead with the invitation until the governorship election is over.

Adeleke is one of the four strong contenders in Saturday’s exercise.

Earlier, Jimoh Moshood, force public relations officer, had said charges of examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, impersonation, and breach of duty had been filed against Adeleke and others at a federal high court in Abuja.

Moshood said Adeleke connived with four persons identified as Sikiru Adeleke, Aregbesola Mufutau (principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Egbedore LGA, Osun), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (school official responsible for the registration of candidates for NECO), and Dare Olutope (school teacher who facilitated the crime).

He had asked them to report to the special investigation panel at the force headquarters in Abuja.

Adeleke was summoned few hours after the West African Examination Council (WAEC) confirmed that he sat for its examination in 1981.

The council had informed an FCT high court that Adeleke sat for its examination in 1981, contrary to insinuations that he did not.

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