The war on corruption took it turn in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) lately. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) beeped it search light on the agency that is saddled with the responsibility of conducting entering exam’s into citadel of high learning in Nigeria.
An ex-Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde is currently under investigation on allege misappropriations of fund when he was in charge of the agency.
This latest development was confirmed by the spokesperson of the ICPC Azuka Ogugua, on Wednesday in a statement released to the public.
In the statement, Azuka said the ex-registrar allegedly committed frauds of various degree to the tunr of N900 million while he was the head of the JAMB and the National Examination Council (NECO)
He is being detained over allegations of multiple identities, abuse of office, money laundering, tax evasion and making false statements to public officials.
Ojerinde is also being questioned for allegedly awarding fraudulent contracts to shell companies that cannot be traced.
“He was alleged to have awarded contracts for the supply of pencil and eraser at the cost of N450 million each, to Double 07 Concept Limited and Pristine Global Concept Limited, respectively, between 2013 and 2014 while heading JAMB”, ICPC said.
The commission said there is no evidence to show that the items, which are examination materials, were supplied as the contractors cannot be found.
According to the ICPC, similar contracts were allegedly awarded to Solid Figures Limited, Holywalk Limited, and other companies for various sums without any trace of execution.
Prof. Ojerinde will be charged to court after the conclusion of the investigation.