The inability of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to serve criminal charges on the sons of a former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) Professor Lawrence Adedibu Ojerinde on Friday stalled the arraignment of the former JAMB registrar and ten others on fresh corruption charges before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
When the matter came up on Friday before Justice Inyang Ekwo, 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.
Counsel to the ICPC, Mr. Henry Emore told the court that he had not served the children of the former JAMB Registrar with the charges as required by law and subsequently applied for an adjournment to enable him put his house in order.
Justice Ekwo then 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.
The court then fixed April 19, 2023, for the arraignment of the former JAMB registrar and his codefendants, 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 (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) filed 17 counts of criminal charges against the defendants on behalf of the Federal Government.
Apart from Ojerinde’s children, other defendants in the 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.
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