Prof. Lawrence Adedibu Ojerinde, a former registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has been remanded in prison custody by Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
In a decision issued yesterday, Egwuatu ordered that Ojerinde be held in a detention center pending the outcome of his bail application, which is set to be heard tomorrow.
In suit number FHC/ABJ/CR/97/2021, Ojerinde was charged with 18 counts of involvement in the diversion of over N900 million.
Ojerinde is accused of committing the crimes from 2003, when he was the registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO), to 2021, according to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
When the charge was read to Ojerinde, he pled not guilty. Following that, his lawyer, Peter Olorunnishola, notified the court of a bail application he had filed and served on ICPC’s lawyer, Ebenezer Shogunle.
Olorunnishola requested more time to respond to the lawyer’s counter-affidavit to the prosecution.
Shogunle, who did not object to Olorunnishola’s plea for time, objected the defence attorney’s request that his client be allowed to remain on administrative bail, which the ICPC had previously granted him pending the hearing of his bail application.
Egwuatu denied the defense counsel’s motion and ordered that the ex-registrar be held in custody until his bail application is heard tomorrow.
On count one, Ojerinde was accused of abusing his position as registrar of NECO by “corruptly converting the sum of N27 million, property of the Federal Government of Nigeria, to personal use, to acquire a property known as Tejumola House, Ikeja, Lagos in the name of Doyin Ogbohi Industries Ltd, a company in which you have a private interest” while serving as the registrar.
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