The Federal High Court in Abuja has released bail to Adedibu Ojerinde, former registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), for $200,000.
Ojerinde was arraigned on Tuesday on an 18-count charge of misappropriation of funds to the tune of N900 million.
The commission alleged that the former registrar committed numerous frauds while heading JAMB and the National Examination Council (NECO).
The case was adjourned until July 8 after Ojerinde pleaded not guilty.
The defendant’s attorney, Peter Olorunnishola, sought bail in light of the constitution and section 162 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).
Ebenezer Shogunle, however, pleaded that bail be denied.
He claims that the defendant breached the ICPC bail terms, according to him.
The defendant decided to avoid his family members for questioning, as stated in his bail conditions.
While other people were being questioned, Ojerinde also insisted on accepting a plea bargain to stall the investigation.
He also stated that the defendant may hinder the investigation and scare witnesses.
However, the judge found that they were not conditions for bail.
The judge said that there was no evidence that the defendant jumped administrative bail or would intimidate witnesses.
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The applicant’s request for bail was granted in the sum of N200 million and two sureties of equal value.
The sureties must be a Nigerian resident and must provide evidence of tax payment for three years.
One of the surety pledges will be a professor in a federal university, with documentary evidence proving their professorship.”
a property owner in the FCT of Abuja, second surety The certificate of occupancy must be deposited with the registrar of this court.
“Suitors’ residences will be verified, with pictures that display the street name and number being exhibited.”
The court also ordered that the defendant’s international passport be returned to the registrar of the federal high court, where he is also standing trial.