Court remands former Register of JAMB Prof.Ojerinde in prison

The Federal High Court, Abuja Division has remanded a former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Adedibu Ojerinde in Correctional Centre.

Justice Obiora Egwua on Tuesday, ordered his remand  pending the hearing of his bail application, scheduled for July 8.

The Independent Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Tuesday arraigned Ojerinde who came to court in white native attire on 18 count charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/97/2021.

In the charge ICPC is  accusing Ojerinde, of complicity in the diversion of public funds estimated at over N900m.

The prosecuting agency said Ojerinde committed the alleged offences, contained in the charge, in 2003 when he served as the Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO).

When the charge was read to him in court , Ojerinde pleaded not guilty .

His lawyer, Peter Olorunnishola (SAN), subsequently informed the court about a bail application he filed and served on the prosecution.

Olorunnishola however sought time to react to the counter-affidavit filed by lawyer to the prosecution, Ebenezer Shogunle, which the defence lawyer said was served on him late.

Shogunle, who did not object to Olorunnishola’s request for time, opposed the defence lawyer’s application that his client be allowed to remain on the administrative bail, earlier granted him by the ICPC, pending the hearing of his bail application.