Ex-JAMB registrar Dibu Ojerinde arrested over N900m fraud

Dibu Ojerinde

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 alleged N900 million fraud.

ICPC spokesperson Azuka Ogugua confirmed on Wednesday that the former JAMB chief was arrested on March 15 in Abuja.

Ojerinde is accused of committing multiple frauds while heading JAMB and the National Examination Council (NECO).

“Ojerinde 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,” Ogugua said in a statement.

“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.”

The commission said Ojerinde is being held on a remand warrant and would soon be charged to court.