N6bn fraud: Ex-Jamb registrar, Ojerinde’s trial begins Wednesday.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 19, at Justice Ekwo’s Court, Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja, the money laundering trial of Professor Dibu Ojerinde, a former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, and his four children, who are accused of diverting almost $6 billion in fund, will begin.
Ojerinde is anticipated to be arraigned alongside his four children at 9 am on Wednesday, according to a reliable source at the Independent Corrupt Practises and Other Related Offences Commission, who confirmed this to newsmen on Tuesday night.
The Professor, six private firms, and four of his offspring were were brought before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja, by the ICPC for their alleged involvement in official corruption, according to reports.
Ojerinde was also charged with setting up six businesses and using accounts with bogus names to transfer funds from the government for personal use.
Sapati International Schools Ltd, Doyin Ogbohi Petroleum Ltd, Trillium Learning Centre, Cheng Marbles Ltd, and Standout Institute Ltd. are among the businesses that have been charged.
His children also charged before the Federal High Court, Maitama includes a former House of Representatives member, Mary Funmilayo, Olumide Abiodun, Adedayo, and Oluwaseun Adeniyi.
In a 17-count charge against them, the anti-graft agency accused Ojerinde of diverting money meant for JAMB, while serving as head of the agency between 2008 to 2015.
The accused persons couldn’t take their plea in court at the last sitting due to the absence of the children.
Justice Ekwo, however, granted permission to the request by the ICPC counsel, Henry Emore, to serve the accused persons through their counsel who was in court, while the matter was adjourned to April 19, 2023, for trial.