ICPC Re-Arrests Former JAMB Boss While on Trial for Alleged N5bn Fraud

ICPC Re-Arrests Former JAMB Boss While on Trial for Alleged N5bn Fraud

  • Professor Dibu Ojerinde, the embattled former registrar of JAMB, has been re-arrested by the ICPC
  • Prof Ojerinde is currently battling an 18-count charge at the Federal High Court over an alleged N5bn fraud
  • While making his way out of the courtroom, operatives of the ICPC nabbed and took him away

FCT, Abuja - An emerging report has confirmed the re-arrest of the former registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde by the anti-corruption agency, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

It was gathered that Prof Ojerinde was arrested on Thursday, January 26 while making his way out of the Federal High Court in Abuja, where he was being tried for an 18-count charge linked to the diversion of N5 billion public funds.

ICPC, Dibu Ojerinde
Professor Dibu Ojerinde will appear in court again on Thursday, February 15 to continue his alleged N5bn fraud trial. Photo: ICPC
Source: UGC

According to Daily Nigerian, Justice Obiora Egwuatu adjourned his trial until Thursday, February 15 and while being accompanied by one of his sons outside the court, operatives of the ICPC came to the scene and took him away.

Legit.ng gathered that Prof Ojerinde's latest arrest is not connected to the ongoing N5 billion trial.

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Reports have it that it might not be unconnected to the 4th prosecution witness, Jimoh Olabisi, former deputy director of Finance of JAMB.

However, sources from the ICPC disclosed that a warrant for the re-arrest of Ojerinde was obtained from Justice John Tsoho, the chief judge of the Abuja Federal High Court.

Antecedents of Ojerinde's trial

It will be recalled that in the July 2021, the anti-graft agency arraigned the embattled JAMB boss for allegations he is currently battling in court.

The allegations levelled against him were said to have been committed during his tenure as the registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO) and JAMB.

During his arraignment, Ojerinde denied all allegations and pleaded not guilty. He was later ordered to pay the sum of N200 million as bail conditions.

ICPC finds N540m in account of primary school teacher with N76K salary, court makes strong decision

Meanwhile, a primary school teacher has been made to forfeit millions of naira found in her bank accounts by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

The commission had said that it found a total of N540 million in the account of the teacher whose salary is a mere N76,000.

According to ICPC, Egbuha worked with some individuals and a private-owned company to divert the proceeds of the crime after she was caught.

Court gives final verdict on forfeiture of Ekweremadu's properties

In another development, the EFCC has lost the right to temporarily seize 40 properties of the embattled former deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.

This is as a Federal High Court in Abuja set aside the interim forfeiture order earlier granted to the EFCC on behalf of the federal government.

The court set aside the order on the ground that the EFCC concealed some facts when it apply for the interim forfeiture order.

Source: Legit.ng

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