Former Chancellor of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Lawrence Adedibu Ojerinde was finally released on bail after spending 10 days in Suleja Prison in the state of Niger.
Ojerinde was released from Suleja Prison Saturday night after completing the N200M bail granted to him by a Federal High Court in Abuja on July 8 following his federal government bribery charge.
The DAILY POST learned authoritatively that the former JAMB Chancellor was released from prison the evening when his bail file approved by Judge Obiora Egwatu on Friday reached the prison authorities.
The delay in meeting the conditions of the security was due to the strict nature of certain aspects of the security.
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Among others, it was reported that the legal department of the Commission for Independent Bribery Practices and Other Related Crimes, ICPC, has delayed investigating the documents provided by its two guarantors.
The DAILY POST noted that, after much effort, the ICPC advisor, Mr. Emmanuel Shogunle investigated the collateral documents as ordered by the court, confirmed their authenticity and validated them.
Ojerinde reportedly joined his family and friends later when Suleja Prison authorities acted with Egwuatu’s approval.
Alhaji Jamiyu Opeyeru, one of the close associates of former registrar JAMB, confirmed to DAILY POST that his friend breathed an air of freedom.
“I can confirm that Professor Ojerinde, the Asiwaju, has just been released on bail. He has just joined us and I want to thank those who identified with us during this turbulent time.
“Fulfilling the bail conditions was not that easy, but thank God we have successfully overcome the obstacle. We thank those who volunteered to give their guarantee ”.
Opeyeru, however, refused to name the university professor and Abuja resident who rescued former JAMB chancellor.
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Judge Obiora Egwuatu in a ruling on Ojerinde’s bail request on July 8 found that bail was at the court’s discretion, adding that there was no evidence before him as to why the accused should not be admitted to the court. bail.
However, he ordered that Ojerinde be allowed to deposit on bail in the amount of N200 million naira two sureties of the same amount, one of which was to be an Abuja resident with land ownership and show proof of three-year tax payment.
Justice Egwuatu also ordered that the land title documents in Abuja should be verified by the court together with the ICPC operators
The second guarantor, according to the judge, must be a professor from a university.
Furthermore, the teacher must provide documented proof of the chair, letter of appointment and identity card of the staff.
Judge Egwuatu subsequently set 22 and 23 July for the trial.
The Commission for Independent Bribery Practices and Other Related Crimes (ICPC) had sued former Chancellor JAMB on an 18 count charge bordering on the misappropriation of public funds in the amount of more than N5 billion naira.
He is said to have committed the offense during his tenure as Chancellor of the National Examination Council (NECO) and JAMB.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges and his attorney, Chief Peter Oluwannishola, SAN urged the court to bail his client to allow him to prepare for trial.
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