The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says that a former Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has been detained following allegations that he misappropriated N900 million while heading the examination board and the National Examination Council (NECO).
This was disclosed in a statement published on ICPC’s website on Wednesday and seen by our correspondent.
The agency stated that its operatives arrested the former JAMB Registrar on Monday after its investigation showed that he allegedly approved contracts for examinations materials in millions without implementation.
“Professor Ojerinde, who was arrested on 15th March, 2021, in Abuja, by operatives of ICPC, is alleged to have committed multiple frauds while heading JAMB and the National Examination Council (NECO).
“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.
“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,” it stated.
ICPC said that it would institute legal action against Professor Ojerinde when it is done with querying the former JAMB registrar.
“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 investigation,” it added.