Four defendants with the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, accused of examination malpractices has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss the case.
Adeleke was arraigned alongside with the four on October 31,2018 but his name was removed due to his constant absence in the hearing.
The four defendants; a relative of the former governorship candidate, Sikiru Adeleke, the principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Alhaji Aregbesola Muftau; the registrar of the school, Gbadamosi Ojo; and a teacher in the school, Dare Samuel Olutope pleaded not guilty of the charges pronounced on them.
They were accused of impersonating “as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School when you fraudulently registered as internal students of the school in the June/July, 2017 NECO, and having registered, conspired with unknown persons now at large to write the examination for them.”
But the defence lawyers, Mr Nathaniel Oke (SAN), Abdulfatai Abdusallam, and Adegbite Isaac, pleaded to the court to dismiss the seven counts.
He noted that the elements of the alleged offences were not proved, essential witnesses including NECO officials, were not called, the evidence of the prosecution witnesses was hearsay and discredited during cross-examination.