The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the recently concluded Osun State governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke has been granted bail on self-recognizance by the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court.
Senator Adeleke, his brother, Sikiru Adeleke and three others were yesterday arraigned on a four-count charge of examination malpractices before Justice E. I. Ekwo.
The others are; Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal, Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro Osun State), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (School Registrar) and Dare Samuel Olutope (a teacher).
All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
Counsel to Senator Adeleke, Chief Alex Izinyon, SAN, informed the court of a bail application dated and filed on October 12, 2018.
He informed the court that Senator Adeleke is currently enjoying administrative bail granted him by the police and has not jumped bail since, adding that Adeleke is a serving Senator and would always appear in court for his trial if released on bail.
Similarly, counsel to the second and third defendants, Nathaniel Oke, SAN and Abdulsalam Abdulfatah respectively moved the bail applications for their clients, while the court declined attempt by Oke to move an oral application for the 4th and 5th defendants.
However, prosecution counsel, Simon Laugh did not oppose the bail applications.
In a short ruling, trial judge, Justice I. E. Ekwo who noted that bail is at the discretion of the court, granted the applications as prayed adding that the prosecution while not opposing the motion admitted that the defendants are all on administrative bail.
Consequently, the judge announced bail for Adeleke in the sum of self recognizance while the 2nd and 3rd defendants are in the sum of N2million each.
Senator Adeleke, as part of his bail conditions shall sign an undertaking to always attend trial and shall not travel out of the country without the permission of the court.
The second and third defendants on their part are to provide a surety each in the sum of N2million. The sureties in addition shall be owners of landed property in Abuja, which shall be verified by the registrar of the court.
They are also to submit their international passports to the court and can only travel out of the country upon obtaining permission from the court.
However, Justice Ekwo ordered the remand in prison custody of the 4th and 5th defendants, Gbadamosi Ojo (School Registrar) and Dare Olutope (a teacher) since they did not apply for bail.
He subsequently adjourned the case till December 17, 18 and 19 for trial.
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