The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has re-arrested former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prof. Adedibu Ojerinde.
He was arrested on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria, according to anti-corruption agency spokesperson Azuka Ogugua.
“Prof. Ojerinde’s re-arrest followed a warrant issued by the Federal High Court, Abuja,” Ogugua said in a Thursday statement.
“He is expected to face a team of investigators over new evidence uncovered in relation to his ongoing trial for diversion of funds while he was a public officer.”
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According to the 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 ICPC had invited Ojerinde for questioning over the new evidence on December 12th, 2022, but he requested 14 days’ grace to honour the invitation. Ojerinde refused to honour the invitation after the 14-day grace period expired on December 27th.
The ICPC has reportedly recovered chequebooks of the companies’ accounts from Ojerinde, who is now in custody at the ICPC headquarters. The ICPC may prosecute Ojerinde for forgery of documents, stolen identity, money laundering and concealment of gratification if the new evidence is confirmed.
Ojerinde is already being prosecuted by the ICPC at the Federal High Court Abuja and Federal High Court Minna on an 18-count charge bordering on abuse of office and fraud to the tune of about N10 billion while serving as heads of two government agencies, the National Examination Council (NECO) and JAMB.