March 26, 2023

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has rearrested a former registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Adedibu Ojerinde, in Abuja, on Thursday, following a warrant issued by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The 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, therefore, he is expected to face a team of investigators over new evidence uncovered in relation to his ongoing trial for the diversion of funds while he was a public officer.

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 noted that it has recovered the cheque books of the companies’ accounts from Ojerinde, who has been taken into custody at the headquarters of the commission.

However,it 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 18 counts 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 and JAMB.

He had allegedly conferred corrupt advantages upon himself at different times while being the 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.

Marvelous Ogidi

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