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Former JAMB Registrar, Ojerinde Arrested For Alleged N900M Fraud

It has been reported that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC) has arrested the former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) Prof Dibu Ojerinde, for alleged N900 million fraud.

Ojerinde, who was JAMB registrar between 2007 and 2016, was succeeded by Ishaq Oloyede.

Oloyede has remitted unspent funds of about N5 billion, an amount Ojerinde did not remit in his nine years in office.

According to reports, Ojerinde, was arrested on Monday in Abuja, by ICPC operatives, for committing multiple frauds during his tenure at JAMB and the National Examination Council.

He has reportedly  been detained by the Commission for questioning over allegations of multiple identities, abuse of office, money laundering, tax evasion and making false statements to public officials.

Ojerinde was also being questioned by the anti-graft agency for allegedly awarding fraudulent contracts to shell companies that cannot be traced. This was revealed in a statement on Wednesday by the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua.

The statement revealed that Ojerinde allegedly awarded contracts for the supply of pencils and erasers at the cost of N450 million each to Double 07 Concept Ltd. and Pristine Global Concept Ltd., respectively, between 2013 and 2014 while heading JAMB.

According to the Commission, “There is no evidence to show that the items which are examination materials were supplied as the contractors cannot be found. Similar contracts were allegedly awarded to Solid Figures Limited, Holywalk Limited and other companies for various sums without any trace of executions”.

The Commission also revealed that, ‘’Professor Ojerinde is being held on a remand warrant and will soon be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigation”.

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