The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) former registrar, Prof Dibu Ojerinde has been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission for allegedly misappropriating N900 million.
The former JAMB registrar was arrested on Monday in Abuja, he was said to have committed multiple frauds while heading JAMB and the National Examination Council.
He has 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.
At the same time, Prof Dibu Ojerinde was also being questioned by the anti-graft agency for allegedly awarding fraudulent contracts to shell companies that cannot be traced.
According to a statement on Wednesday by the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, 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.
The Federal Government had last year seized some of Ojerinde’s properties through an interim forfeiture order granted by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The commission said, “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 ka trace of executions.
‘’Professor Ojerinde is being held on a remand warrant and will soon be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigation.’’
The court said the properties were likely acquired with public funds and thus represent proceeds of unlawful corrupt activities.
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