The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2018 Osun election, Senator Ademola Adeleke has objected to his arraignment after appearing in court following his arrest on Monday by men of the Nigerian Police Force.
Concise news reports that Senator Adeleke who arrived on Tuesday at the Magistrate Court in Abuja was docked for the proceedings.
Counsel to the police says he is ready to proceed with the case but his Adeleke’s counsel, Chris Adebiyi objected the arraignment.
He said a Federal High Court in Osun State has granted an order restraining the police from arresting the lawmaker and that the court also gave him leave to travel to the US on the account of ill health.
He said the order of the Federal High Court asked the defendant to answer to their invitation but the court ordered that the first defendant return his passport to the court three days after his return.
Adebiyi explained that the court ordered that the police will not arrest Senator Adeleke upon honouring the police invitation.
He said a High Court in Osun state also affirmed and upheld the order.
“We are not saying he cannot be arraigned but the order of the court has to be respected,” Adebiyi said.
He concluded that based on the order it will be impracticable to continue with the arraignment.
The prosecutor said he is not objecting to the tendering of the documents but that he was not served.
The defence lawyer prayed the court to adjourn the matter indefinitely pending the hearing and determination of the suit pending the hearing and determination of the suit before the federal high court which has the same facts as this case and where the prosecutor is a Party in the suit.
Replying the prosecutor is opposed to the application that the matter be adjourned indefinitely and the release of the defendant.
He submitted that the objection is highly misplaced and misconceived, adding that the court did not say that he cannot be arraigned
Adebiyi said it only directed him to appear before the police.