N5bn fraud: Ex-JAMB registrar Jibu Ojerinde moves to change lawyer

Dibu Ojerinde

Former registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prof. Dibu Ojerinde on Wednesday told the Federal High Court, Abuja of his decision to change his lawyer.

Prior to his decision, Peter Olorunnisola had been appearing for Ojerinde in the N5 billion money laundering charge preferred against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Ojerinde, the ICPC alleged, committed multiple frauds while he was head of JAMB.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu had on July 8 admitted Ojerinde to bail in the sum of N200 million with two sureties among other conditions.

However, when the matter was called for commencement on Wednesday, Itieubong Usoro, who held brief for Olorunnisola, notified the court of the decision of Ojerinde to disengage the present chamber from his matter.

Usoro hinted that Ojerinde and Olorunnisola were yet to harmonise on some issues, particularly about professional fees in order for the former lawyer to formally withdraw from the matter.

He then sought an adjournment to enable the issues to be resolved.

ICPC counsel Ebenezer Shogunle said though the defendant was entitled to seek an adjournment, this should not be used to delay the trial.

The judge ruled that the prosecution will present its witnesses on October 8.