Ex-JAMB registrar arrested for awarding N900 million contracts to buy pencils

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested a former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, for N900 million fraud.

The ICPC in a statement on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 accused Ojerinde of multiple frauds while heading JAMB between 2012 and 2016, and the National Examination Council (NECO) between 1999 and 2007.

The anti-graft agency detained him for questioning over allegations of multiple identities, abuse of office, money laundering, tax evasion, and making false statements to public officials.

The former JAMB official allegedly awarded numerous fraudulent contracts to shell companies that cannot be traced.

Two of such were contracts awarded for the supply of pencils and erasers at the cost of N450 million each to Double 07 Concept Limited, and Pristine Global Concept Limited, respectively in 2013 and 2014.

“There is no evidence to show that the items which are examination materials were supplied as the contractors cannot be found.

“Similar contracts were allegedly awarded to Solid Figures Limited, Holywalk Limited and other companies for various sums without any trace of executions,” ICPC said.

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Ojerinde, who was arrested in Abuja on Monday, March 15, is being held on a remand warrant and will soon be charged to court after investigation is concluded.

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