ICPC arraigns ex-JAMB Registrar Ojerinde, others on fresh corruption charges

Former registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dibu Ojerinde

Former JAMB Registrar, Dibu Ojerinde, along with his four children and several other defendants, faced arraignment on fresh corruption charges brought by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC). The charges, which include official corruption and abuse of office, were presented before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The ICPC revealed that the case against Ojerinde involved complex layers of fraudulent activities aimed at concealing crimes. The former JAMB registrar had previously been arraigned on 18 counts related to fund diversion during his tenure at the National Examinations Council (NECO) and JAMB.

During the recent proceedings, the ICPC accused Ojerinde of conspiring with his children to sell off a property worth $150,000, which had been forfeited to the federal government by court order. The property, located in Accra, Ghana, allegedly involved the use of forged documents and stolen identities.

Furthermore, Ojerinde is accused of incorporating companies and accepting simultaneous appointments as Chairman and Director while serving as a full-time public officer at NECO and JAMB. These actions are in violation of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers, which restricts engagement in private business.

The ICPC highlighted that Ojerinde utilized fraudulent means, including forged documents, stolen identities, and synthetic names, to evade anti-corruption and anti-money laundering policies such as Know Your Customer (KYC) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) requirements.

The charges brought against the defendants fall under various sections of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, as well as the Advanced Fee Fraud Act, 2006, and the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M17 of the Revised Laws of the Federation, 2007.

During the arraignment, all the accused individuals pleaded not guilty to the charges. The judge granted bail to Ojerinde based on previously established terms. His children were also granted bail, provided they meet specific conditions, including presenting sureties with landed properties of equal value within the court’s jurisdiction.

The judge ordered the defendants to surrender their passports to the court and prohibited them from traveling abroad without court permission. Additionally, the Nigeria Immigration Service was informed of the ruling.

The case is set for hearing on November 13th to 16th, allowing further examination of the charges brought against Dibu Ojerinde, his children, and the other defendants.

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