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N5 Billion Fraud: Anti-graft Agency Re-arrests Ex-JAMB Registrar Adedibu Ojerinde In Court

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, on Thursday, January 26, 2023, re-arrested the former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Adedibu Ojerinde.

Ojerinde, who is already facing trial for allegedly diverting public funds totalling about N5 billion, was arrested at the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja by operatives of the ICPC, shortly after his case was adjourned till February 15.

Though ICPC operatives declined to disclose the reason the erstwhile JAMB boss was re-arrested, however, Vanguard learned that the Commission had earlier obtained a warrant for his arrest.

It was gathered that the arrest order was issued by the Chief Judge of the high court, Justice John Tsoho, following an ex-parte application that was brought by the ICPC.

Jimoh Olabisi, a former Deputy Director of Finance at the examination body, who appeared as a witness in Ojerinde’s trial, had in his Evidence-In-Chief before the court, made indicting revelations that were not part of the charge already pending against the Defendant.

“There are still so many things that we want the Defendant to explain but because he has been on bail, he has been reluctant to make himself available to the Commission.

“As a law abiding institution, we approached the court and obtained a warrant for his arrest. It is that warrant that we have executed”, a member of the Prosecution team who pleaded anonymity, told Vanguard on Thursday.

Ojerinde was arrested while he was heading to his car with one of his sons, after trial Justice Obiora Egwatu adjourned further proceedings in the pending 18-count charge the ICPC preferred against him.

JAMB Commences Registration For 2023 UTME January 14

THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced that it would begin the registration of 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME on January 14, 2023.

The board also said the registration of its Direct Entry, DE for the 2023 session commences from February 20 to April 20, 2023.

Fabian Benjamin, the spokesman of the body, said on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, that the decisions were taken at the end of JAMB’s management meeting held, on  Tuesday,  December 20, 2022.

He said: “The Board has approved the commencement of registration for the 2023 UTME from January 14 to February 14, 2023.
“This, however, does not include registration for Direct Entry application documents as the DE registration would commence from February 20 to April 20, 2023,” he said.

He added: “Candidates are to note that they would be required to pay the sum of N1,000 service charge for CBT centres for the conduct of mock examination at the point of registration, so as to prevent a situation where candidates would indicate their interest to sit the mock-UTME leading the various centres to commit human and material resources only for them to stay away on the day of the examination.

“With the new arrangement, candidates will indicate their interest by paying for the mock at the point of UTME registration, therefore, precluding the centres from incurring any loss whether candidates turn up or not.

“Also, the Board, after considering its other commitments, fixed April 29, 2023, for the conduct of the 2023 UTME, which is expected to end on May 12, 2023.

“The board advises all candidates, who desire to register for the 2023 UTME to immediately embark on the creation of their respective profiles (creation of profile code) ahead of the formal commencement of the registration exercise to avoid being caught up in any ensuing bottleneck.”

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