A former registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Adedibu Ojerinde in Abuja has been re-arrest as the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) uncovers fresh evidence.
The ex- registrar re-arrest followed a warrant issued by the Federal High Court, Abuja. ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, who disclosed this in Abuja, that 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 December 12, 2022, invited the former registrar for questioning over the new evidence. But he had written through his solicitor, requesting a 14-day grace to enable him honour the invitation,however, refused to honour the invitation, as undertaken by his counsel, after expiration of the window on December 27, 2022.
Ojerinde allegedly 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 Commission may likely prosecute the former registrar before a court of competent jurisdiction for offences bordering on forgery of documents, stolen identity, money laundering and concealment of gratification, if the new evidence is confirmed,” Ogugua said.
The ex-jamb registrar 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, National Examination Council (NECO) and JAMB.