NewsNigeriaPoliticsN5bn Fraud: Ojernde, children, six companies dragged to court by ICPC

For alleged N5 billion fraud, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has dragged the former Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde six private companies linked to him and four of his children to court over N5 billion fraud.

They were charged before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Maitama, Abuja, for their involvement in official corruption and conspiracy to conceal fraud.

In a 17-count charge, the anti-corruption agency accused Prof. Ojerinde of diverting money meant for JAMB, while serving as head of the agency between the years 2008 to 2015.

Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, ICPC spokesperson in a statement on Friday said, “Ojerinde was further accused of creating six shell companies and running accounts under fictitious names to divert government money into private use.

“The children also charged before the Federal High Court, Maitama are Mary Funmilayo, a one-time House of Representatives member; Olumide Abiodun, and Adedayo and Oluwaseun Adeniyi.

“The indicted companies include Sapati International Schools Ltd, Doyin Ogbohi Petroleum Ltd, Trillium Learning Centre, Cheng Marbles Ltd and Standout Institute Ltd,” she said.

The accused persons couldn’t take their plea in the court on Friday due to the absence of the children.

Justice Ekwo, however, granted permission to the request by the ICPC counsel, Mr. Henry Emore, to serve the accused persons through their counsel who was in court.

The judge adjourned the matter to April 19, 2023 for trial.

By Uzoamaka Ikezue (Staff Reporter)

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