- Professor Adedibu Ojerinde, a former registrar of JAMB, was on Thursday, July 8, granted N200m bail
- The bail was granted during a hearing at the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Obiora Egwuatu
- The court ordered Ojerinde to provide two sureties who live in Abuja and submit his international passport
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The Federal High Court in Abuja in a hearing presided over by Justice Obiora Egwuatu on Thursday, July 8, granted bail to Professor Adedibu Ojerinde, the former registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
According to the court's decision, the bail, which is in the sum of N200 million, goes with two sureties resident in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Channels TV reports.
Justice Egwuatu noted that one of the sureties must be a professor in a federal university, and the other must own a property in Abuja.
Added to these, the houses of the sureties must be verified by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Punch also reported.
Professor Ojerinde was also ordered to submit his international passport to the court.
Abuja court sends Ojerinde to prison
Earlier, Professor Ojerinde was remanded in prison following a court order. The Federal High Court in Abuja gave the order on Tuesday, July 6, pending the hearing of his bail application, which had been scheduled for July 8.
Ojerinde had an 18-count charge of complicity in the diversion of public funds estimated at N900 million brought against him by the ICPC.
The commission told the court that the professor committed the alleged offences when he served as the registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO). Ojerinde, however, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
His counsel had made efforts to convince Justice Obiora Egwuatu to allow Ojerinde to continue with the administrative bail granted him, but the judge turned down the request after the ICPC lawyer, Ebenezer Shogunle, opposed the submission.