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JUST IN: Court remands ex-JAMB Registrar Ojerinde over alleged N5.2bn fraud

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Former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Professor Adedibu Ojerinde, Tuesday was remanded by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu, in a ruling, ordered that Ojerinde be kept in a correctional facility pending the hearing of his bail application, scheduled for July 8.

Ojerinde was arraigned on an 18-count marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/97/2021, of complicity in the diversion of public funds estimated at over N5.2 billion.

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The prosecution, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission(ICPC), said Ojerinde committed the alleged offences, contained in the charge, from 2003 when he served as the Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO) till 2021.

Ojerinde pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.

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

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Olorunnishola, however, sought time to react to the counter-affidavit filed by the 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.

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