A Federal Excessive Courtroom sitting in Abuja has dismissed the examination fraud expenses introduced towards a Secondary Faculty Principal, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau and three others who have been placed on trial together with Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke by the Nigeria Police.
The Choose, Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo, discharged and acquitted the 4 individuals accused of committing the alleged examination malpractices alongside Adeleke on Tuesday.
Justice Ekwo freed the defendants from the seven amended depend expenses whereas delivering a ruling of their no-case submission.
In his ruling on the no-case submission, the Choose held that the prosecution failed to ascertain a prima facie case having not proved the elements of the cost.
He additional held that the burden of proof rested on the Police which, in line with him, failed woefully in discharging the burden by not calling related witnesses.
“In conclusion, because the testimony of the prosecution is inadequate to warrant the defendants to open protection, I’ve no issue in upholding their no-case submission and discharge and acquit them from the costs. This cost is hereby dismissed,” Ekwo held.
Recall that the Police had in 2018 arraigned Adeleke together with Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (the college principal), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (a college registrar), Sikiru Adeleke (who is claimed to be the Senator’s relative), and Dare Samuel Olutope (a instructor) on a four-count cost bordering on examination fraud.
Nevertheless, the courtroom had in 2020 freed Adeleke from the costs after it was withdrawn by Police.
The Police then requested the courtroom to sever the cost, to exclude Adeleke from the trial and arraigned the remaining 4 on a 7-count cost bordering on conspiracy.
Alleged examination fraud: Courtroom dismisses expenses towards Senator Adeleke’s co-accused