ICPC re-arrests ex-JAMB registrar, Ojerinde

3 mins read

Operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Thursday re-arrested a former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prof. Adedibu Ojerinde, in Abuja.

He was arraigned by the commission at the Federal High Court Abuja and Federal High Court, Minna, on an 18-count charge of abuse of office and fraud to the tune of about N10 billion during his times in the National Examination Council (NECO) and JAMB.

Note that the ICPC had arraigned Ojerinde on July 6, 2021, on an 18-count charge bordering on alleged misappropriation of funds to the tune of N5.2 billion while in office.
In a statement on Thursday, Azuka Ogugua, ICPC spokesperson, said Ojerinde is expected to face a team of investigators over new evidence uncovered in relation to his ongoing trial over the alleged diversion of funds.
ICPC operatives, according to Ogugua, uncovered two accounts opened in the names of Trillium Learning Centre Limited and Sapati International Schools Limited into which funds were diverted using fictitious names of students.

READ ALSO: Funke Akindele Chased By Hoodlums From Lagos Market

The statement read:

“The commission had on the 12th December 2022, invited the former JAMB Registrar for questioning over the new evidence but he wrote through his solicitor requesting 14 days grace to enable him to honour the invitation,” ICPC said.

READ ALSO  Naira Hoarding: Sterling Bank In Fresh Trouble, Faults ICPC's Arrest Of 2 Staff

“Ojerinde, however, refused to honour the invitation as undertaken by his counsel after the expiration of the 14 days grace on 27th December 2022.

“In the course of its ongoing investigation, the Commission unearthed new evidence that suggests that Ojerinde is the sole signatory to various bank accounts operated in the name of Trillium Learning Centre Ltd and Sapati International School Ltd.

“Ojerinde reportedly operated those accounts using false identities and forged documents in the names of Joshua Olakulehin Olaniran and Akanbi Lamidi, respectively. He also reportedly used another false identity, Adeniyi Banji, to operate a separate account in the name of Standout Institutes Ltd.”

READ ALSO  NASS Confirms Nine Nominees As NPC, NERC Commissioners

The ICPC said it has recovered the chequebooks of the companies’ accounts from Ojerinde.

“The Commission may likely prosecute the former registrar before a court of competent jurisdiction for offences bothering on forgery of documents, a stolen identity, money laundering and concealment of gratification if the new evidence is confirmed,” the agency added.

Support Investigative Journalism and Mentorship

Courageous Journalism of Truth,Transparency and Development is in the DNA of Prime Business Africa; By donating as little as N1000 or $1 today, you are helping to keep credible journalism and life-changing information free for all.

+ posts
READ ALSO  FIRS Urges Inclusive Tax Accounting For Accurate Reporting Of Nigeria’s GDP, Revenue

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.