ICPC arrests ex-JAMB Registrar over alleged N900m fraud

…Suspect awarded N450m contracts for supply of pencils, erasers 

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC), has arrested a former Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, for allegedly misappropriating N900 million. 

Prof. Ojerinde, who was arrested on Monday in Abuja, by operatives of ICPC, is alleged to have committed multiple frauds while heading JAMB and the National Examination Council (NECO). The anti-graft agency said he has been detained for questioning over allegations of multiple identities, abuse of office, money laundering, tax evasion and making false statements to public officials. 

The former JAMB boss is also being questioned by the Commission for allegedly awarding fraudulent contracts to shell companies which cannot be traced. He was alleged to have awarded contracts for the supply of pencil and eraser at the cost of N450 million each, to a company, Double 07 Concept Ltd and Pristine Global Concept Ltd, respectively, between 2013 and 2014 while heading JAMB. 

He was also alleged of awarding contracts to Solid Figures Ltd, Holywalk Ltd and other companies for various sums without any trace of executions. 

The ICPC said Ojerinde is being held on a remand warrant and will soon be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigation. 

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