Alleged Corruption: Arraignment of JAMB ex-Registrar, three sons, daughter-in-law stalled
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), yesterday, bungled the arraignment of a former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Lawrence Adedibu Ojerinde on fresh corruption charges.
Ojerinde’s planned arraignment at the Federal High Court Abuja along with his three sons and a daughter-in-law was aborted following the failure of the anti-corruption agency to serve the criminal charges on his children as required by law.
At yesterday’s proceedings, only Ojerinde was in court while his three sons, Olumide Abiodun Ojerinde, Adedayo Ojerinde and Oluwaseun Adeniyi Ojerinde and daughter-in-law, Mary Funmilola Ojerinde, were absent.
The court was shocked when ICPC’s counsel, Mr. Henry Emore, informed Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo that he had not served the children of the former JAMB Registrar with the charges as required by law.
He subsequently applied for an adjournment to enable him put his house in order.
In the bid to rescue him out, Justice Ekwo ordered that the criminal charges be served on Ojerinde’s children in the open court through their counsel, Mr. Ajibola Bello, which was promptly carried out.
Justice Ekwo subsequently fixed April 19 for arraignment with a warning that there would be consequences should Ojerinde’s children refuse to appear in court on the adjourned date.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, filed the 17-count criminal charge against the defendants on behalf of the Federal Government.
Apart from Ojerinde’s children, other defendants in charge are Doyin Ogbohi Petroleum Ltd, Cheng Marbles Ltd, Sapati International Schools Ltd, Trillium Learning Centre Ltd, Standout Institutes Ltd and Esli Perfect Security Printers Ltd.