Alleged fraud: Former JAMB boss gets ₦200million bail
Justice Obiara Egwuatu of a Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, admitted former registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Adedibu Ojerinde, to bail in the sum of ₦200 million in his alleged fraud trial.
Justice Egwuatu held that bail is at the discretion of the court, adding that there was no evidence before him why the defendant should not be admitted to bail.
However, he ordered the defendant to produce two surety in like sum, who must be residents of Abuja and show evidence of tax payment.
One of the sureties, the judge held must be a professor in a federal university, while the other must own landed property in Abuja, which must be verified by the court.
The professor in addition must provide documented evidence of professorship, letter of appointment, and staff identity card.
Justice Egwuatu subsequently adjourned till July 22 and 23 for trial.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission(ICPC) had arraigned the former JAMB registrar on an 18-count charge bordering on diversion of public funds to the tune of over N900 million.
He was said to have committed the offense during his tenure as registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO) and JAMB.
He pleaded not guilty to all the charges and his lawyer, Chief Peter Oluwannishola, SAN urged the court to grant his client temporary bail pending the hearing and determination of the main application.
Justice Egwuatu however declined and adjourned to Thursday 8 for a hearing of the bail application.
Arguing on Thursday, Olorunnishola urged the court to grant his client bail pursuant to Section 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) and Section 35(1) of the Constitution.
The request was opposed by the prosecution lawyer, Mr Ebenezer Shogunle, who claimed that the defendant had breached the administrative bail conditions granted to him by the ICPC, adding that the defendant will interfere with the investigation as well as intimidate witnesses.
However, Egwuatu in the ruling held that there was no evidence before the court to prove that the defendant jumped administrative bail, interfere with the investigation, or intimidate witnesses, adding that the prosecution had already concluded its investigation of the matter.
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