Court grants ex-JAMB Registrar, Ojerinde N200m bail, A Federal High Court in Abuja
has granted bail at N200million for a former Registrar
of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Adedibu Ojerinde,
who is charged with alleged diversion of about N5.2billion public funds.
The court ordered that Ojerinde must bring two sureties who must be residents in Abuja.
Also, Justice Egwuatu directed that the sureties must show evidence of tax payment
in the last three years and that, one of the sureties must be a University Professor,
while the other must be residents within Abuja.
The Professor in addition must provide documented evidence of professorship, letter
of appointment and staff identity card.
The judge said the sureties must tender verifiable resident addresses and also ordered
that Ojerinde must tender his international passport with the Federal High Court.
The court said a certified true copy of the international passport of the former JAMB
Registrar must be collected from the High Court, Minna and submitted to the Federal
High Court in Abuja.
Ojerinde was remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service (Prison)
Suleja, after his arraignment on Tuesday.
Justice Egwuatu subsequently adjourned till July 22 and 23, 2021 for trial.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC)
had arraigned the former JAMB Registrar on an 18-count charge bordering on
diversion of public funds to the tune of over N5 billion.
Ojerinde, who was said to have committed the offense during his tenure as Registrar
of the National Examination Council (NECO) and JAMB, pleaded not guilty to all the
charges and his lawyer, Chief Peter Oluwannishola (SAN), urged the court to grant his
client temporary bail pending the hearing and determination of the main
Justice Egwuatu, however, declined and adjourned to Thursday 8 for a hearing of the
Arguing on Thursday, Olorunnishola urged the court to grant his client bail pursuant
to Section 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) and Section 35(1)
of the Constitution.
The request was opposed by the prosecution lawyer, Mr. Ebenezer Shogunle,
who claimed that the defendant had breached the administrative bail conditions granted
to him by the ICPC, adding that the defendant will interfere with the investigation as
well as intimidate witnesses.
Justice Egwuatu however ruled that there was no evidence before the court to prove
that the defendant jumped administrative bail, interfere with an investigation or
intimidate witnesses, adding that the prosecution had already concluded its
investigation of the matter.