Former JAMB boss hijacked N15m for radio license – Witness ICPC – TV Channels

A file photo of former JAMB Registrar, Professor Adedibu Ojerinde.

A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, was told on Wednesday how the former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, allegedly embezzled 15 million naira from the board to set up a radio station personal in his hometown.

Prosecution witness, retired Air Commodore Najeem Sanusi, who testified before Trial Judge Judge Obiora Egwuata of Court 9 in Ojerinde’s ongoing trial, told the court that he had received bank drafts of 15 million naira on the instructions of the defendant, to obtain a radio license from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Sanusi was brought before Judge Egwuata, to testify in a 10-count charge of official bribery and abuse of power brought against Ojerinde by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC).

This is according to a statement signed by CIPC spokesperson, Ms. Azuka Ogugua.

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The witness told the court that he co-owned Ifelodun Communications Limited with the former boss of JAMB, who is a leader in their community in Oke-Ogun in Oyo State, with the million shares of the company divided into 500,000 units each. for both of them.

Led into evidence by ICPC lawyer Olubunmi Olugasa, Sanusi, a former Nigerian Air Force Provost Marshal, told the court how he approached the former JAMB boss with the proposal to set up a radio station after getting approval from NBC.

He said, “In 2015, after I retired, I applied for a license from the federal government. I got the form from NBC and went to tell our boss. He welcomed my noble idea. He immediately called his lawyer, Peter Oyewole, to come to his house for a meeting.

“We agreed in the meeting held at his house that the name of the company should be Ifelodun Communications and we should go ahead and register the company with his name as this is the pre-requisite for obtaining a license from NBC.

“He asked that we allocate 500,000 shares to him and 500,000 to myself. The Respondent then called Mr. Jimoh Olabisi who happened to be an accountant of JAMB and during a meeting at his house in Maitama, Abuja, he said that any queries related to financial matters should be directed to Mr. Jimoh. Subsequently, Jimoh gave me bank drafts of 15 million naira to pay NBC as part of licensing requirements. I paid the draft to NBC, gave the original documents to Jimoh Olabisi, and kept photocopies of the documents for my records.

The witness further testified in court that the radio station was installed in the personal house of the accused in the Owode area of ​​Igboho, Oyo State, claiming that the station was located in a compound where his late mother also lived and adjoining land. was purchased to accommodate the mast and antenna.

The court further heard how the witness introduced an equipment vendor, but the defendant then used his son, Olumide Ojerinde, a serving member of the House of Representatives, to procure studio equipment and a mast for the radio station.

Documents including photocopies of the agenda of the meeting held with the defendant to discuss the proposals for the establishment of the radio station as well as bank drafts for the license paid to NBC were filed in court.

Ojerinde’s lawyer, Ibrahim Ishiyaku, SAN, objected to the admissibility of the documents, arguing that the prosecution had failed to establish a proper basis why the originals or certified copies of the document could not be presented in court.

ICPC’s lawyer, Olugasa, while citing section 57(c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Act 2000, however urged the court to admit the documents arguing that these were personal copies of the witness bearing his signatures and records of all transactions. .

The trial judge, after hearing the arguments of both parties, adjourned the case to June 7 and 8, 2022 to rule on the admissibility of the documents and the continuation of the hearing.

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