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Court grants Adeleke N2 million bail following fresh detention

ADEMOLA Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2018 Osun gubernatorial election, has been granted bail in the sum of N2 million after he was arraigned before a magistrate court in Abuja on Tuesday.

Adeleke was detained at the Maitama Police Station in Abuja on Monday after he had gone to answer to a summons by the police.

The serving Senator was recently declared the winner of the Osun guber election by the state’s election petitions tribunal, but he is still facing charges of certificate forgery brought against him by the Nigerian Police before the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The court had granted Adeleke permission to travel to the United States of America on Tuesday for medical checkup. The journey was scheduled for Tuesday but Adeleke was invited to the Maitama Police Station for an undisclosed reason and was subsequently detained, according to his media aide.

Police spokesman, Frank Mbah, would later explain that Adeleke “was taken into custody … in connection with ongoing criminal investigations touching on his person”.

However, when Adeleke was arraigned before a magistrate court in the Mpape district in Abuja on Tuesday, the allegations against him still bordered on alleged forgery, which, according to his lawyer, is already ongoing at the federal high court.

Nevertheless, Adeleke pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and was admitted on bail to the tune of N2 million with a surety in like sum who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

Recall also that in April this year, an FCT High Court, presided over by Justice Othman Musa, nullified Adeleke’s nomination as the governorship candidate of the PDP for the Osun guber election.

Two members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, had instituted the suit against Adeleke, the PDP and INEC, saying that he did not possess the educational qualification required by the constitution to contest for the office of governor.

Justice Musa agreed with the applicants and held that they were able to prove that Adeleke did not possess the minimum qualification of being educated up to secondary level as stipulated under section 177 of the 1999 Constitution.

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