The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, terminated additional listening to on the examination malpractice cost towards Sikiru Adeleke, a relative to former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke.
The courtroom, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, discharged and acquitted Adeleke and three different Defendants- Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (the Principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro, Osun State), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (the varsity’s Registrar) and Dare Samuel Olutope (a trainer within the faculty)- of the seven-count cost the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, entered towards them.
Justice Ekwo upheld a no-case-submission the Defendants filed with respect to the cost.
The courtroom held that Police failed to ascertain a prima facie case to warrant the Defendants to be compelled to enter their defence to the cost.
According to Justice Ekwo, the Prosecution woefully did not discharge the burden of proof that was positioned on it by the legislation.
He harassed that pertinent witnesses weren’t produced earlier than the courtroom to testify within the matter.
“No witness was called from the National Examination Council (NECO) to testify throughout the trial. To worsen the situation, no eye witness was called from the school where the alleged malpractices was perpetrated”, Ekwo famous.
More so, the courtroom held that although the Police most well-liked cost of conspiracy towards the Defendants, it did not adduce any proof to ascertain similar.
“In all, evidence of the five witnesses were so discredited during cross-examination and so manifestly unreliable to warrant the Defendants to be called upon to enter their defence in the charges against them.
“In conclusion, since the testimony of the Prosecution is insufficient to warrant the Defendants to open defense, I have no difficulty in upholding their no-case submission and discharge and acquit them from the charges. The suit is hereby dismissed”, the courtroom held.
The Prosecution had by means of its lawyer, Mr. Simon Lough, closed its case after it referred to as 5 witnesses that testified towards the Defendants.
On their half, the Defendants, by means of their workforce of attorneys led by Mr. Nathaniel Oke, SAN, insisted that Police failed to ascertain a prima facie case to warrant the courtroom to compel them to enter their defence to the cost.
They argued that proof of the witnesses have been manifestly unreliable, such that no courtroom might depend on it to enter a verdict of conviction.
According to the Defendants, the Prosecution did not by the use of credible proof, show that they conspired to commit examination malpractice.
They, due to this fact, urged the courtroom to uphold their no-case submissions, dismiss the cost and acquit them, a prayer that was answered on Tuesday.
It will probably be recalled that Senator Adeleke was initially arraigned alongside the opposite Defendants in 2018.