The Nigeria police force has defended the detention of Ademola Adeleke, lawmaker representing Osun west senatorial district.
Speaking with TheCable on Monday, Frank Mba, force spokesman, said Adeleke was detained in connection with ongoing criminal investigations against him.
TheCable had reported how the police detained Adeleke, who was candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2018 governorship election in Osun state.
The senator had honoured an invitation at the force headquarters in Abuja before he was detained.
Mba told TheCable Adeleke will be charged to court on Tuesday.
He said: “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.
“Meanwhile, in the best tradition of natural justice and fair hearing, he has already been served with the relevant charge sheet containing his alleged offences in the presence of his Attorneys. He will be arraigned in a competent court of law tomorrow, 7th May, 2019.”
The police had arraigned Adeleke for alleged examination malpractice. But his campaign organisation accused the force of working for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the detention.
“The principal of the secondary school attended by Senator Adeleke testified through affidavit before Bwari High Court that the school indeed issued the testimonial. WAEC equally testified that the Senator sat for the examination. For the Police to revive this old clarified issue confirms political vendetta,” it said in a statement.