The Nigeria Police has confirmed the detention of Senator Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2018 Osun Governorship Election.
DCP Frank Mba, the police spokesperson, said that the senator who was invited to the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters on Monday was taken into custody and would be arraigned on Tuesday.
The police spokesman however did not state the offences for which Senator Adeleke was apprehended.
“Senator Adeleke is currently in police custody. He was taken into custody in the evening (Monday) in connection with ongoing criminal investigations touching on his person,” the DCP Mba told Punch.
Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier granted the senator permission to travel for medical checkup in the United States on Tuesday (today) and return to the country on June 9.
The judge however ordered him to honour the police invitation on May 6 before travelling to the US today.
Justice Ekwo also ordered the police not to prevent Senator Adeleke from travelling on May 7 (today).
The court further released Adeleke’s international passport which was seized last year and ordered him to return it to the Chief Registrar within 3 days of his arrival into the country after the medical trip.
The police however opposed the release of his international passport, saying that there was a fresh petition against the senator and five others (Sikiru Adeleke; the Principal of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Alhaji Aregbesola Muftau; Registrar of the school, Gbadamosi Ojo; and a teacher in the school, Dare Olutope).
They were accused of committing examination malpractices by registering Senator Adeleke and another Sikiru Adeleke, as students of the school (Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School) for the National Examination Council (NECO) in 2017.
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