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ICPC re-arrests former JAMB Registrar

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has re-arrested a former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prof Adedibu Ojerinde.

According to Azuka Ogugua, a spokesperson for the anti-corruption agency, he was detained on Thursday in Abuja.

In a statement on Thursday, she stated that “Prof Ojerinde’s re-arrest followed a warrant issued by the Federal High Court, Abuja.”

“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 statement noted.

He is expected to discuss new material regarding his current prosecution for money laundering while holding a public office with a group of investigators.

She claims that ICPC agents discovered two accounts formed in the names of Sapati International Schools Ltd and Trillium Learning Centre Ltd into which money had been misappropriated using bogus student names.

The former JAMB Registrar was called by the Commission on December 12 to testify regarding the fresh evidence, but he wrote through his attorney requesting a 14-day grace period to honor the invitation.

But after the 14-day grace period ended on December 27, 2022, Ojerinde declined to accept the invitation as promised by his attorney, according to the statement.

Writing by Adeniyi Bakare