The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Thursday rearrested a former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Adedibu Ojerinde.
The Spokesperson for ICPC, Mrs Azuka Ogugua in a statement sent to NEWSBREAK said that Ojerinde was rearrested following a warrant issued by the Federal High Court, Abuja.
He is expected to face a team of ICPC investigators over new evidence uncovered in relation to his ongoing trial for diversion of funds while he was a public officer.
Ogugua said that the rearrest of Ojerinde was due to his refusal to honour the commission’s invitation extended to him in December 2022.
“ICPC operatives uncovered two accounts opened in the names of Trillium Learning Centre Ltd and Sapati International Schools Ltd into which funds were diverted using fictitious names of students.
“The Commission had on Dec. 12, 2022, invited the former JAMB Registrar for questioning over the new evidence but he wrote through his solicitor requesting 14 days’ grace to enable him to honour the invitation.
“Ojerinde, however, refused to honour the invitation as undertaken by his counsel after the expiration of the 14 days grace on Dec. 27, 2022.
“In the course of its ongoing investigation, the Commission unearthed new evidence that suggests that Ojerinde is the sole signatory to various bank accounts operated in the name of Trillium Learning Centre Ltd and Sapati International School Ltd.
“Ojerinde reportedly operated those accounts using false identities and forged documents in the names of Joshua Olakulehin Olaniran and Akanbi Lamidi, respectively.
“He also reportedly used another false identity, Adeniyi Banji to operate a separate account in the name of Standout Institutes Ltd, ” she said.
Furthermore, Ogugua explained that the ICPC also recovered the chequebooks of the companies’ accounts from Ojerinde, who has been taken into custody at the headquarters of the Commission.
According to her, the Commission may likely prosecute Ojerinde before a court of competent jurisdiction
She added that he would be tried on offences bordering on forgery of documents, a stolen identity, money laundering and concealment of gratification if the new evidence is confirmed.
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