Earlier this week, we reported that the Nigerian police, will on October 31 arraign the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the recent Osun State election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, for alleged examination malpractice, criminal conspiracy, and impersonation.
However an outcry has trailed the planned arraignment, as the Presidency was slammed by Nigerians who felt that the action was politically motivated and calculated to humiliate him and frustrate the electoral chances of Ademola Adeleke.
Punch reported that the police had explained that on July 21, 2017, the Osun State Police Intelligence Bureau received and acted on an actionable intelligence about an ongoing examination malpractice involving Senator Adeleke and Sikiru at Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School in the state.
But while the police were taking steps to prosecute Adeleke, the Force failed to investigate or prosecute a former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, for certificate forgery. She subsequently left for London, United Kingdom less than 24 hours after tendering her resignation letter.
Speaking on behalf of the Nigerian police Force, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood claimed that they had no idea that Kemi Adeosun was involved in the forgery of the NYSC exemption certificate. According to him, there was no formal complaint against the ex-minister. He explained that Adeosun was not prosecuted for forgery because she was not investigated by the Force.
“We don’t know anything about her case because nobody reported any matter to us, we didn’t have any complaint against her, and nobody complained or reported to us. The Force has no knowledge of any case,” Moshood stated.
When told that the matter was covered by the media for months, he retorted, “Did you (our correspondent) report to us?” he said.
However when told that a non-governmental organisation, Human and Environmental Development Agenda Resource Centre, had petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to probe the forgery allegations against Adeosun before she resigned, Moshood directed further inquiries to the NGO.