March 17, 2021

ICPC arrests ex-JAMB Registrar over alleged N900m pencil, eraser contracts fraud

ICPC arrests ex-JAMB Registrar, Prof Ojerinde over alleged N900m fraud

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, on Wednesday, said it has arrested a former Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, for allegedly misappropriating the sum of N900million.

A statement that was signed by Spokesperson for the ICPC, Mrs. Azuka C. Ogugua, disclosed that Prof. Ojerinde, was arrested by operatives of the Commission on Monday, March 15.

He was alleged to have committed multiple frauds while he was in charge of both JAMB and the National Examination Council, NECO.

According to the statement, “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.

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“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 Double 07 Concept Limited and Pristine Global Concept Limited, respectively, between 2013 and 2014 while heading JAMB.

“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 trace of executions.

“Professor Ojerinde is being held on a remand warrant and will soon be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation”, it added.

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