The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the September 22nd election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has faulted the arrest of the Principal of Ede Muslim High School, Abbass Khalib Adejare for issuing a testimonial for him.
In a press statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of the Senator Ademola Adeleke Campaign Organization, Mallam Olawale Rasheed and made available to Daily Trust in Osogbo, the PDP candidate described the arrest of the principal as "unwarranted politicization of a routine school administrative process".
Olawale said Adejare is currently being held at Alagbon, Lagos and called on the police authorities to unconditionally release the principal.
He noted that Adejare should not be persecuted for performing a legal administrative duty by the issuance of a testimonial to a former student of the school. "Please note that a Testimonial is simply a statement of character attestation and confirmation of the years of attendance at the school," Olawale said.
"We note with great concern the ridiculous criminalising of a simple issuance of School Testimonial to a former student. The politicization of a routine school adminstrative process is hereby condemned in its strictest terms and we call the Police authorities to please call their men to order and redirect their attention and efforts to investigating and solving real crimes and not trumped up accusations."
"It must be reaffirmed that issuance of a testimonial duly signed by authorities of the school to an ex student cannot be a crime irrespective of the date on it. There is clearly more to this exercise than routine investigation. How can a date issue on a Testimonial and not a Certificate be a matter that attracts the attention of FCIB Alagbon officers from Lagos?"