JAMB ex-Registrar, Ojerinde stands trial for N900m fraud, July 6

JAMB ex-Registrar, Ojerinde stands trial for N900m fraud, July 6

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Professor Dibu Ojerinde, former Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is to before the Federal High Court, Abuja on July 6, 2021.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that N900 million charges were preferred against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Operatives of the anti-corruption commission had, on March 15, arrested Ojerinde, in Abuja, on allegations bordering on misappropriation of the funds.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu fixed the date on Monday, after counsel to the ICPC, Ebenezer Shogunle, disagreed with the terms of the plea bargain application the defence counsel, P.A.O. Olorunnisola, SAN, had planned to file before the court.

ICPC in a suit marked. CR/97/21 filed before the court, Ojerinde allegedly committed multiple frauds, while heading JAMB and the National Examination Council (NECO).

When the matter was called for arraignment, the defendant counsel, Olorunnisola, told the court that arrangements were being made for a plea bargain.

The paper reports that a plea bargain is an arrangement between prosecutor and defendant whereby the defendant pleads guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a more lenient sentence or an agreement to drop other charges.

But, Shogunle, who had already been served with a copy of the process, disagreed with Olorunnisola’s submission, saying the Commission was not in agreement with the terms in the application.

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Citing an authority to back his submission, the senior lawyer argued that the application for a plea bargain before arraignment was in conformity with the provisions of the law.

Justice Egwuatu held that since the prosecution 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 arraignment.

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