The Justice of the Federal high court, Justice Inyang Ekwo has dismissed the examination fraud charges levelled against a former governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the 2018 election, Ademola Adeleke alongside with a School Principal Aregbesola Mufutau and three others who had been facing trial.
He discharged and acquitted the four persons accused, from the seven amended counts while delivering a ruling in their no-case submission.
It was gathered that in 2018, the Police had arraigned Sikiru Adeleke (the Senator’s relative), Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (the school principal), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (a school Registrar), Dare Samuel Olutope (a teacher) and Adeleke on four counts bordering on examination fraud.
Meanwhile, the court freed Adeleke from the charges, after it was withdrawn by the police.
The police said that this was because Adeleke had failed to avail himself for trial since he was granted leave to travel abroad on medical grounds.
The prosecution had therefore pleaded with the court to sever the charge, to exclude Adeleke from the trial, and arraigned the remaining, on a seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy.
After inviting five witnesses, the police withdrew its case which led to the filing of a “no-case submission by the defendant”.
Delivering his ruling on the no-case submission, Justice Ekwo held that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case.
He further concluded, that the responsibility of providing evidence, rested on the police which, according to him, failed woefully in discharging the burden by not calling relevant witnesses.