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ICPC detains ex-JAMB Registrar for N900m fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a former Registrar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, for allegedly misappropriating Nine Hundred million Naira(N900,000,000).

Ojerinde, who was arrested on March 15, 2021, in Abuja by ICPC operatives, allegedly committed multiple cases of fraud while heading JAMB and the National Examination Council (NECO).

The alleged offences were perpetrated between 1999 and 2007 as well as 2008 and 2016.

Ojerinde was alleged to have awarded contracts worth over N450 million beyond his approval threshold. Most of the contractors could not be traced as at the time of his arrest. But the ICPC has seized some assets traced to Ojerinde, who is also a Professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

A statement by the commission’s spokesperson Mrs. Azuka C. Ogugua, said Ojerinde had made useful statement.

The source claimed that investigation had “successfully linked the source of N1.7 billion used to acquire some of the properties to NECO and JAMB through a private solicitor based in Abuja.

The solicitor admitted that he collected the funds on various dates from an accountant who served under Prof. Ojerinde in both agencies”.

Also, a Federal High Court in Minna, the Niger State capital, has given an order of restitution and forfeiture to the Federal Government of all the assets that were found to have been corruptly acquired with public funds for Ojerinde.

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