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ICPC arraigns Ex-JAMB Registrar Ojerinde and others.

ICPC arraigns Ex-JAMB Registrar Ojerinde and others.

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ICPC arraigns Ex-JAMB Registrar Ojerinde and others.
ICPC arraigns Ex-JAMB Registrar Ojerinde and others.

Corruption.

By Salihu Ali and Stella Charles Akupue.

Nigeria’s Anti-graft Agency, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has again arraigned the former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde over allegations bordering on official corruption, abuse of office and forgery.

Professor Ojerinde was docked alongside his children, Mary Funmilola Ojerinde, Olumide Abiodun Ojerinde, Adebayo Ojerinde, Oluwaseun Adeniyi Ojerinde and six companies linked to him, namely: Doyin Ogbohi Petroleum Limited, Cheng Marbles Limited, Sapati International Schools Limited, Trillium Learning Centre Limited, Standout Institutes Limited and Esli Perfect Security Printers Limited.

ICPC arraigns Ex-JAMB Registrar Ojerinde and others.

ICPC, in a Charge brought before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court 7, sitting in Abuja, informed the Court of the multiple layers of fraudulent identities and conspiracies designed by the defendants to conceal crimes.

In one count out of a 17-count charge, the Commission, through its counsel, Mr Ebenezer Shogunle, told the Court how the former JAMB boss conspired with three of his children (Oluwaseun Adeniyi Ojerinde, Olumide Abiodun Ojerinde and Adebayo Ojerinde) to sell off property worth One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000:00) situated at House No. 4 Ahomko Drive, Achimota Phase 2, Accra, Ghana even after the property had been forfeited to the Nigerian Republic of Nigeria.

ICPC arraigns Ex-JAMB Registrar Ojerinde and others.

Professor Ojerinde was also accused of incorporating the companies above and taking up simultaneous appointments as Chairman and Director while being a public officer on whole time appointment as Registrar/Chief Executive of National Examinations Council (NECO), Minna and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Bwari, knowing very well that the Code of Conduct for Public Officers forbids public officers from engaging in private business other than farming or participating in shareholding of joint stock companies.

The Court was also informed of how the 1st defendant (Ojerinde), to avoid various anti-corruption and anti-money laundering policies of the government, notably Know Your Customer (KYC) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) policies, took measures to conceal his ownership and active participation in the management of some of these companies by using forged documents, stolen identities and synthetic names.

As a result of some of these acts, the former JAMB Registrar is also standing trial at the Niger State High Court and Federal High Court, Abuja, for alleged corruption and other ancillary offences.

These actions are contrary to and punishable under sections 17, 19, 22 and 24 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and contrary to and punishable under Section 1 of the Advanced Fee Fraud Act, 2006, as well as contrary to, and punishable under Section 1 of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M17 of the Revised Laws of the Federation, 2007.

The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read.

ICPC arraigns Ex-JAMB Registrar Ojerinde and others.

Justice Ekwo granted the Ex-JAMB boss bail on terms earlier granted to him by the Federal High Court, Abuja, where he is standing trial. At the same time, the four children were admitted bail for Twenty Million Naira (N20,000,000) each and a surety in like sums which must have landed properties not below the value of the bail sum and within the jurisdiction of the Court.

In handing down the bail conditions, the trial judge also ordered the other defendants to surrender their international passports to the Court and must not travel outside the country without recourse to the Court, and that the Nigeria Immigration Service be notified.

Justice Ekwo, however, adjourned to the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th of November 2023 for a hearing.

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