The Nigeria Police Force has defended the detention of Ademola Adeleke, the lawmaker representing Osun West senatorial district.
Frank Mba, the spokesman of the Nigerian Police Force said Adeleke was detained in connection with ongoing criminal investigations against him, and will be charged to court on Tuesday.
In his words, “Senator Adeleke is currently in police custody. He was taken into custody in the evening of today 6th May 2019 in connection with ongoing criminal investigations touching on his person.”
He added, “Meanwhile, in the best tradition of natural justice and fair hearing, he has already been served with the relevant charge sheet containing his alleged offenses in the presence of his Attorneys. He will be arraigned in a competent court of law tomorrow, 7th May, 2019.”
PDP’s Response: The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has responded by condemning Adeleke’s arrest while calling for his immediate and unconditional release.
The Party National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, made the call at a press conference on Monday in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan said the arrest was unconstitutional, provocative and part of the plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stall his tribunal case.
He described the arrest as total disregard for the extant order of the Osun State High Court, Ikirun, issued on Monday, restraining the police or its agents from arresting and detaining him.
Ologbondiyan said, “The arrest and detention of Senator Adeleke is a direct act of violence against our laws, the institution of the judiciary and the 1999 Constitution (as amended).”
“This is part of the grand plot by the APC to coerce Adeleke to relinquish the mandate that was freely given to him by the people of Osun state, which was further established by the election petition tribunal,” he added.
Backstory: Adeleke is facing trial on seven counts amended charges bordering on examination malpractice before an Abuja Federal High Court.
He was first arraigned by the Federal Government in September 2018 on four counts bordering on examination malpractice, along with his brother, Sikiru Adeleke and three others.