The charges were amended to remove his name as a defendant while the rest of the co – defendants were retained to continue to face the trial .
Simon Lough, the prosecuting counsel,told the judge , Justice Inyang Ekwo, that the decision to discontinue the case against Adeleke followed his continued absence from court since the court granted him permission to embark on a medical trip abroad in May 2019.
Adeleke, who contested the September 22 , 2018 governorship election in Osun State and came second , was arraigned along with others before Justice Inyang Ekwo on October 31 of the same year.
Others arraigned with Adeleke were 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 .
The prosecution accused the five defendants of committing the offence of examination malpractices by fraudulently, through impersonation , registering Adeleke and another Sikiru Adeleke, as students of Ojo – Aro Community Grammar School , in Ojo -Aro in Osun State , for the National Examination Council ’ s June /July 2017 Senior School Certificate Examination in February 2017 .It alleged that Ademola and Sikiru Adeleke were fraudulently registered for the examination and “awarded them seven credits , one pass and five credits respectively . ”
According to the prosecuting counsel, Lough, the offences were contrary to and punishable under the various provisions of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap E 15 LFN 2004 .
Lough told Justice Ekwo on Thursday the prosecution had amended the charges so to remove Adeleke ’ s name so that his absence would not continue to stall the case.
Defence lawyer , Dr Alex Izinyon ( SAN ) , did not object to to the prosecution’ s decision to amend the charges but insisted that his client be discharged and acquitted.
Justice Ekwo is to rule on the disagreement between the two lawyers on Friday .
Lough opposed the demand for discharge .
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