ICPC: Former JAMB Registrar Used Fake Names for Fraudulent Activities

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) reaffirmed its determination to prosecute Professor Dibu Ojerinde, a former Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), for an alleged N5 billion fraud. In a statement released on Wednesday, the ICPC claimed that Ojerinde had utilized numerous false identities, aliases, and forged identification documents, such as Akanbi Lamidi, Adeniyi Banji, Habibulahi Lamidi, Joshua Olaniran Olakuleyin, and others, to carry out his corrupt activities through various bank accounts. The commission further alleged that Ojerinde possessed the resources and influence to evade justice.

Additionally, the ICPC expressed disagreement with a recent ruling by the Federal High Court in Abuja, which instructed them to pay Ojerinde N1 million in damages following his re-arrest on January 26 within the court premises. Justice Obiora Egwuatu, in response to a fundamental rights suit filed by Ojerinde, deemed the re-arrest and continued detention of the former JAMB official as illegal, emphasizing that the ICPC had violated Ojerinde’s right to personal liberty.

Disregarding the ruling, the ICPC announced its intention to challenge it at the Court of Appeal. The commission argued that Ojerinde’s re-arrest was conducted based on a warrant issued by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

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“The commission intends to appeal the ruling of the court. The anti-corruption agency has a valid warrant issued by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court dated December 6, 2022,” stated the ICPC, expressing dissatisfaction with the Federal High Court’s decision on the civil rights claim brought forward by Professor Dibu Ojerinde.

Chidalu Glory

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