The federal government has charged Senator Ademola Adeleke and four others before the federal high court, Abuja, for allegedly engaging in examination malpractices.

Adeleke, who recently lost the Osun gubernatorial election, and four others were accused of fraudulently registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Osun state, to enable them sit for the National Examination Council (NECO) of June/July 2017.

Named alongside Adeleke in the charge are Sikiru Adeleke, his brother, Aregbesola Mufutau, principal of the school, Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo, the registrar, and Dare Olutope, a teacher.

Adeleke was absent when the case was brought up in court on Monday, but his lawyer, Alex Izinyon, said his client took ill on Friday and had been stooling, saying a copy of a medical report was available to that effect.

He thereafter sought a postponement of the arraignment.

Simon Lough, the prosecution lawyer, said he had received the medical report.

Consequently, IE Ekwo, presiding judge, adjourned the case to October 31.

“The prosecution is ordered to ensure the defendants are in court at the next date, to take their plea,” he said.