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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) will on July 6 prosecute the ex-Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, for alleged N900 million fraud.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu fixed the date on Monday, after Ebenezer Shogunle, counsel to the ICPC made a disagreement with the terms of the plea bargain application of the defence counsel, P.A.O. Olorunnisola, SAN, had scheduled to file before the court.
Top Naija reports that ICPC officials had, on March 15, 2021, arrested Ojerinde, in Abuja, on allegations bordering on funds misappropriation.
The Commission disclosed that Ojerinde allegedly committed multiple frauds while heading JAMB and the National Examination Council (NECO).
In suit number: CR/97/21 filed before the court, the former JAMB Registrar is the sole defendant.
When the matter was called for indictment, the defendant counsel, Olorunnisola, informed the court that arrangements were being made for a plea bargain.
Meanwhile, Shogunle, who had already been served with a copy of the process, made a disagreement with Olorunnisola’s submission, stating that the Commission was not in agreement with the terms in the application.
Quoting an authority to back his submission, the senior lawyer argued that the application for a plea bargain before indictment was in compliance with the provisions of the law.
Justice Egwuatu held that since the trial was not in agreement with the terms put forward by the defence, a written correspondence should be filed to the effect.
The Judge then adjourned the matter until July 6 for trial.
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