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ICPC arrests JAMB former registrar link to N5bn fraud

By News Desk

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has re-arrested the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) former Registrar, Prof. Adedibu Ojerinde, over alleged involvement in N5 billion fraud that occurred during his tenure as the head of the examination body.

Ojerinde was said to have been arrested by the anti-graft agency after obtaining a warrant from Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, for further investigations on his involvement in the funds.

As gathered, the JAMB former boss, after his re-arrest, would be made a team of investigators over new evidence uncovered in relation to his ongoing trial for diversion of funds while he was a public officer.

The spokesperson for the anti-corruption agency, Azuka Ogugua, confirmed Ojerinde’s arrest on Thursday through a statement made available to newsmen.

According to the statement, ICPC operatives uncovered two accounts opened in the names of Trillium Learning Centre Ltd and Sapati International Schools Ltd into which funds were diverted using fictitious names of students.

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

“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. The ICPC has recovered the chequebooks of the companies’ accounts from Ojerinde, who has been taken into custody at the headquarters of the Commission.

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

“Ojerinde is currently being prosecuted by the Commission at the Federal High Court Abuja and Federal High Court Minna on an 18-count charge bordering on abuse of office and fraud to the tune of about N10 billion while serving as heads of two government agencies, the National Examination Council (NECO) and JAMB.”

The ICPC spokesperson said Ojerinde “allegedly conferred corrupt advantages upon himself at different times while being Head of JAMB and NECO, thereby violating Sections 19, 24, 25 (1) (a) and (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and Section 1 (1)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud Act, 2006”.

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